Council OKs agreement

By Mary O.Esparza -

The City of Altus currently has an agreement with District 3 Drug Task Force or DTF to work together to fight crime.

The City Council voted this week to renew the memorandum of agreement between the City of Altus and the District 3 Drug Task Force for a multi-jurisdiction task force for fiscal year 2017, for the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Jackson County District Attorney Ken Darby gave a report regarding activities and accomplishments of the Drug Task Force for the past year.

According to Darby, for fiscal year 2016, the DTF worked 86 total cases and 63 of those were in and around Altus. The DTF assisted in 78 cases and 34 were assisting the Altus Police Department, leading to 69 total arrests by DTF, 55 arrests by Altus police and 49 arrests by other agencies.

According to Darby, drug seizures by the DTF for fiscal year 2016 were 2.25 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $102, 150; 15 grams of heroin with a street value of $1,500.00; 3.25 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $5,200.00, three grams of cocaine with a street value of $300.00 and 121 prescription pills with a street value of $605.00.

The Drug Task Force agreement included eight training classes for more than 135 people.

In the agreement, the City of Altus shall continue to loan to the DTF one full-time current member of the Altus Police Department for the term of the agreement. The salary and benefits are paid by the city.

Other parts of the agreement indicate that the APD shall share all forfeitures, and seizures made by the task force within the City of Altus involving the APD on an equal basis or as agreed by the chief of police and the district attorney.

“Without the DTF, we could not do our job, and there would be a lot more drugs and crime in our community,” Darby said, stressing the importance of the DTF.

The agreement includes Jackson, Kiowa, Harmon , Greer and Tillman counties.

By Mary O.Esparza

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

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