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Iowa Drug Task Force Expects Big Drop in Funding

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MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The future of a successful Iowa drug task force is in doubt because of dwindling federal grant funding.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force has successfully seized more than 260 pounds of methamphetamine and over 4,400 pounds of marijuana in the past 23 years.

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals says the task force has had a significant impact on the drug problem in its nine-county area. But Pals says the task force won’t have the resources to respond if federal funding continues to decline.

Currently, the take force is expecting to see a 42 percent drop in funding, but that decision won’t be final until early June.

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