Meth lab cleanup gets shortchanged
KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team has announced the creation of a multi-jurisdictional program to use specially trained officers in methamphetamine laboratory cleanup, according to The Kalamazoo Gazette.
The program was created in the wake of the Drug Enforcement Administration''s (DEA) decision to stop providing funding to local law enforcement agencies for cleanups, which can run from anywhere between $1,000 to $5,000 per lab, the article stated.
According to the article, the officers will be used to package, neutralize and transport meth lab components to a holding site at an undisclosed location.
That cost of disposal will be shared by each of the four agen¬cies involved in the program — the Kalamazoo County Sheriff''s Office, the Portage Police Department, the Van Buren County Sheriff''s Office and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, the article noted.
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