By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Regional drug enforcement operations are receiving a boost with the awarding of a $1 million High Intensity Drug Trafficking grant, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Robert A. Lovingood announced.
“This is an important element in our approach to fight drug trafficking in the region,” Lovingood said following Tuesday’s Board action.
Sheriff John McMahon agreed.
“The High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program has helped our local efforts to reduce drug trafficking in our County,” Sheriff McMahon said. “Without the funding, cooperation among our Federal and local law enforcement partners to share information and implement coordinated enforcement activities would not be as successful without the program.”
The federal grant will provide funding for both the Inland Regional Narcotics Enforcement Team, known as IRNET, and the Regional Methamphetamine Task Force. IRNET is a major narcotic investigation team which is comprised of various San Bernardino County law enforcement officers and is spearheaded by the Sheriff’s department. This team is also composed of several Federal and State investigators.
The grant provides federal assistance to local law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States.
In other action, the Board of Supervisors accepted 1,977 smoke detectors donated by Amazon. As a token of their support for the community, Amazon donated the smoke detectors, valued at $49,431. County Fire will distribute the smoke detectors through special events, public education programs and when firefighters are called to homes without detectors. Amazon employs approximately 2,500 people at its San Bernardino fulfillment center.
The Board of Supervisors also approved the purchase of a sport utility vehicle to be used in the District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Assistance Program in the High Desert. The program provides a wide variety of social services to victims of and witnesses to crimes including referrals to medical and mental health providers, coordination of volunteer support from the community and assistance to victims.