Vermont Drug Task Force gets $1 million

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The Vermont Drug Task Force is getting a boost thanks to $1 million in federal funding.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy announced the funding on Monday.

Leahy says that over the years Vermont’s drug problem has gotten worse.

The U.S. Department of Justice funding will go directly to the Vermont Drug Task Force, a coalition of state and local police officers who fight drug trafficking.

Vermont State Police Major Thomas L‘Esperance says the task force is grateful for the latest appropriation, but is still facing budget challenges.

By the end of the year, a major federal grant to combat methamphetamine production and use will expire and it’s doubtful it will be renewed.

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