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12.31.2007

What? Meth Dealing Doesn't Make You Rich?

From The Wichita Falls paper:

The North Texas Regional Drug Task Force closed down in 2007, victim of budget cuts. The consortium of law officers had served 23 counties in drug investigations. The Texas Legislature curtailed its funding of regional task forces and federal grant money was diverted to other purposes.

Another factor was the trend of drug traffickers to choose methamphetamine over cocaine, which resulted in lower cash seizures by the task force.

City and county governments chipped in enough money to keep the task force, which operated out of the Wichita Falls Police Department, running though 2007. But the money wasn’t available for 2008. The task force officers were absorbed into WFPD or other agencies.

As stated here, When the Tulia scandal broke in 1999, Texas had more than 50 of these regional drug task forces. With the demise of the Wichita Fallas Task Force, we're down to four. And I think we are safely living without them.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Checkout Jodi Picoult's "Vanishing Acts" for a recipe and process for making meth -- now I am alway suspicious of shoppers at Walmart who load up on kitty litter!

Anonymous said...

Seems I recall several weeks, maybe months, ago that someone on here talked about cash seizures in drug busts, but you, BG, said that didn't happen! Wasn't that back in the blog where you suggested legalizing drugs? NOW you put up a blog saying this:

Another factor was the trend of drug traffickers to choose methamphetamine over cocaine, which resulted in lower cash seizures by the task force.

I guess that blogger back then WAS right.....and cash seizures did go into the general coffers. Just looks like this article says not as MUCH is seized.

Anonymous said...

No, but it certainly has done wonders for you, Mr. Green.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry,Nazis always find a way.

Anonymous said...

Score one for the Constitution!

Anonymous said...

Freedom lovers everywhere unite.

Anonymous said...

Wichita Falls is gross.

Anonymous said...

You still try to pump up the nutsy idea that cash is not seized in raids on meth operations. Do you want us to believe that cooking up that stuff is a charitable enterprise? Meth is one of the most lucrative of manufactured drugs. Sooo...the cops raid a place and find everything but money? Ok...so they find a few bucks (LOTS!) It goes into the funds of the agancies supporting agencies investigating/prosecuting the criminals and not to the Dairy Queen. If Wise County didn't bring in cash from seizures, it must mean that we had a District Attorney that didn't participate.

Barry Green said...

Someone referenced an old post of mine which is here. I think I'm confused by some of the posts above. I've always said meth makers don't have any money. And this Wichita Falls article backs it up. One of the old comments on the old blog post read: "Meth is one of the most lucrative of all mind blowing drugs out there, now flavored to attract little kids. As a former prosecutor (obviously not of drug offenses), you neglected to include how much cash is seized from drug dealer busts. $400,000 is a mediocre amount to be found in raw currency from ONE meth lab." That is completely untrue.

Anonymous said...

One would think that in a country where suffering and disease is a big money making opportunity, that drug dealing would be welcomed as a capitalist adventure.