Since the day the Lubbock Police Department announced their plans of pulling out as lead agency of this force, State Senator Robert Duncan and State Representative Delwin Jones have been working on a plan. Their plan is to find a way to keep the Government money in our area, to continue to fight the war on drugs.
Since the inception of the force, grant money has been assisting 18 counties in our area with drug enforcement but with no head agency to lead the force, the task force is no more. So our representatives are working to bring the money directly into each law enforcement agency... to continue to assist with their efforts.
"We are working on a deal to get money into each county individually so they can put it toward drug enforcement needs. And there will not be an organized single entity doing the drug task force work. All of the 18 counties will do their own work and then they'll stand liable for anything that may occur in their jurisdiction," says Delwin Jones, State Representative.
This plan is still in the works, Representative Jones says it will take a few more weeks to hammer out the details. But Jones adds that he's confident the South Plains area will continue to get the more than $600,000 toward this fight on drugs.
This plan will be a county by county choice, no county will have to participate, but those who do will get grant money based on their need. We should know more on how this will unfold in the upcoming weeks.