New year for drug task force

Published 9:42 pm Friday, January 25, 2013

There are about 28 drug task forces throughout the state receiving ADECA funding.

The task force will re-apply for funding in the fall in hopes of receiving funding again.

The world that Clint Sumlin faces on a daily basis leaves him never knowing what lies in store.

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In the area served by the Drug Task Force, Demopolis Police is the only department with a narcotics officer assigned to work drugs.

Sumlin works alongside the Demopolis officer and with other departments in the district to make connections in working drug busts.

Other close area connections made by the force include the department in Linden and Livingston, among the others throughout the tri-county district.

While the other departments do want to devote time to working narcotics in their respective areas, Demopolis is the only area that generates enough revenue to allow for the department to have a narcotics officer, Griggers said.

“This is not a fault of theirs, it is just good to have the task force there to fill a need,” he said.

The task force can sing many successes since its formation back in June 2011. One of the most recent include assisting with the undercover drug operation, “Operation Gemini,” leading to over 20 arrested on drug-related charges. In addition, the task force assisted in a drug bust netting 8 arrests in Greene County.

The task force not only seeks to combat drugs by assisting with drug arrests, they also take a proactive approach by presenting a “Drug-Free” presentations to several area schools.

“We go into the schools and talk with the kids about the dangers of drugs,” Sumlin said.