Posted: Dec 20, 2012 8:13 PM by Baucus Press office
The Missouri River Task Force,
which covers Gallatin, Park, Madison, Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, Sweetgrass, and Meagher counties was named "Rural Drug Task Force of the Year" for the Rocky Mountain region.
There's a lot of territory for the force to cover at
16,000 square miles, and it was responsible for 151 felony arrests last year, and are on their way to exceeding that record this year.
U.S. Senator Max Baucus attended the 2012 National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Conference in Washington, D.C.
"Tackling illegal drugs and the violence associated with it is an essential part of keeping our schools, families and communities safe. The Missouri River Task Force has proven that working together is one of the best ways to fight crime," said Baucus. "The members of this task force put their lives on the line to make our lives better. They deserve our thanks and the resources to keep doing a great job."
"Smart law enforcement efforts are a vital component of our efforts to reduce drug use and its consequences in America," said Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy. "I commend all of the men and women at the Rocky Mountain HIDTA for their commitment to making our communities healthier and safer. Each of them - often at great personal cost - are devoted to their nation and their communities and we owe them all our thanks for what they do each day."
Baucus highlighted that every $1 invested in HIDTA programs yields a $96 return.