Walworth County Drug Unit part of group awarded $20,000 grant to combat meth
MADISON—The state Department of Justice awarded a grant of $20,000 per year for two years to a law enforcement drug group to combat southeastern Wisconsin's "alarming" methamphetamine problem, according to a sheriff's office news release.
The Walworth County Drug Unit is part of that group.
Wisconsin was given funding for the COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Task Force, according to the release. The state Department of Justice received a $1.5 million grant for the task force, spokesman Johnny Koremenos said in a December email.
The $20,000 for each of the next two years will go to the Southeast Drug Operation Group, which includes Kenosha, Racine, Dodge, Jefferson and Walworth counties, according to the release. Walworth County's Drug Unit will be the lead contact in overseeing the administration of the grant.
Meth investigations nearly tripled in Walworth County between 2015 and 2016. The sheriff's office drug unit busted 11 meth labs in 2016, leading to 12 arrests. In 2015, investigators busted four labs, resulting in seven arrests.
"The alarming rate and potential dangers of methamphetamine have been a problem in Walworth County," the release states. "The partner agencies comprising SEADOG have also experienced upward trends in methamphetamine investigations."