The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office received the go ahead to apply for almost $200,000 in grant money. The money would be used to help with drug busts.
The Sheriff's Office was a part of the South Plains Narcotics Task Force before it broke up this summer, forcing them to apply separately for funding.
Such grants in the past have allowed the sheriff's office to update its radio communication system, they now use the same system as the police department. Prior to the update, the two departments could not communicate with each other.
"Being able to communicate with the city law enforcement, city police, it makes law enforcement work much easier. Particularly when it comes to investigating or a high speed chase," said Lubbock County Sheriff, David Gutierrez.
Many of the 17 other counties that made up the task force have now applied for grant money to fight drugs as well.
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