Drug Seizures Bring Return

Published: Mar. 8, 2005 at 10:31 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2005 at 7:41 PM CST
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John Moore - U.S. Marshall
John Moore - U.S. Marshall

by Donna McCollum

The return for drug seizures is often a large check from the U.S. Marshal's office. U. S. Marshal John Moore said Tuesday, "It is great privilege this afternoon to present a check to the Deep East Texas Narcotics Task Force in the amount of $123,359."

Moore is the man who makes sure those agencies on the front line get their fair share. "It is what we find is a very fair and equitable process to dole out those funds in direct relationship to the activity," Moore explained.

The check is vitally important when federal grants pay for less than half of task force operating budget. Sheriff Thomas Kerss said, "These seizures are what helps keep those resources out in the community throughout East Texas fighting drugs."

Since a concerted law enforcement effort called, 'Meth Busters' was initiated last summer federal prosecutors have lost track of all the meth cases they've prosecuted. But they never lose sight of their importance. U.S. Attorney Malcolm Bales said there's been, "very significant methamphitamine prosecution in every single area in our district. The six manned offices conducted over a dozen schools for law enforcement and even now the Texas legislature has a bill introduced to control the access of psuedoephedrine which is the precursor that they need to make methamphitamine locally."

Numerous drug arrests have been made in the eastern district including putting a significant methamphitamine manufacturing group from Lufkin behind bars. Yet bigger challenges remain. Mexican super meth labs are what federal agencies are currently addressing.