Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Michigan State Police to Combat Heroin Distribution, Trafficking

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $1,460,611 for the Michigan State Police to collaborate with other departments in the state to crack down on heroin distribution and trafficking. The support comes from the Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Anti-Heroin Task Force program.

"Too many Michigan families have lost loved ones to substance abuse and addiction," said Senator Stabenow. "These resources will help the Michigan State Police investigate and stop illegal drug activities in communities across our state."

"Abuse of opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers has become an increasingly concerning epidemic in communities across Michigan, and it is critical that law enforcement have the necessary resources to prevent drug abuse and distribution," said Senator Peters. "This funding will help the Michigan State Police combat the illegal trafficking of opioids and make our neighborhoods safer places to live and work."

The COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force grant is designed to advance public safety by providing funds to investigate illicit activities related to the distribution and trafficking of heroin and prescription opioids. This support is part of nearly $6 million awarded to six states nationwide.

More info about this grant can be found here.