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Drug task force helps two southern Illinois counties

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PERRY COUNTY, Ill -- Authorities in Perry and Washington counties just wrapped up a year-long effort to keep drugs off the streets.

In September 2017, the two counties received a total of $61,000 from a federal grant through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.   

Before then, Washington County did not have a drug force.

"The resources for smaller departments like myself, we don't have those resources to throw at some of these problems," said Sheriff Danny Bradac.

Perry County has had a drug task force team since the 1980s, but the funds helped. 

Over the past year, the joint task force made 42 arrests for distribution of illegal drugs and narcotics. 

Perry county made 35 arrests and Washington made seven. Eight of these cases were federal cases that lead to seizure of about $22,000. 

But both sheriffs say, what's most important is taking drug dealers off the streets.

"The impact on families the fact that drugs destroy families," said Sheriff Steve Bareis. 

A program so successful the departments will continue to join forces.

The grant has been extended for at least another six months.

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