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Montana Highway Patrol awarded $1 Million to combat meth

Posted at 1:45 PM, Oct 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-27 14:38:26-04

BILLINGS – The Montana Highway Patrol is getting a $1 million federal grant to combat meth statewide.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that its Office of Community Oriented Policing awarded MHP a $946,981 grant for anti-meth activities.

It’s part of a Department of Justice grant, and it will help fund additional troopers, buy equipment, and invest in training.

The vast majority of meth in Montana comes from Mexico, and it’s trafficked into the state on the highways.

Last year, the Montana Department of Justice formed a specialized Criminal Interdiction Team to focus on the more organized drug trafficking activities.

Montana was one of nine states to receive such a grant.

Story by Andrea Lutz, MTN News