$600K released by AR governor for drug task forces

$600K released by AR governor for drug task forces
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LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - Gov. Asa Hutchinson has released thousands of dollars to help fund the state's drug task forces.

The amount of $600,000 in Rainy Day funding was released, according to a news release by Hutchinson on Wednesday.

Usually, funding of the task forces is through the Department of Justice's Edward R. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program. JAGs pay for equipment, salaries, and operational expenses for 20 different task forces across Arkansas.

However, Hutchinson states the grants have been "held up in litigation over the enforcement of federal immigration policies, and funding for state's law enforcement programs has been blocked."

The release of funds was ordered by the governor and approved by the legislature.

Hutchinson says he will work with legislators to find a long-term solution to supporting the task forces.

Arkansas Drug Task Forces allow local police, sheriffs, and prosecutors to cooperate and coordinate in combating the sale of illegal drugs, according to the release.

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