Law Enforcement Agencies across the country are in a tough spot. Federal funds were in place to provide assistance to smaller departments to deal with meth labs. Congress cut those funds amidst the budget crisis and the funds have dried up.
The Archer County Sheriff's Office relied on those funds. They are worried about what will happen the next time they have a meth lab in the county. "It really is a blow to those of us that deal with these clandestine labs," said Deputy Simon Dwyer.
The ACSO Investigations budget is $10,000 a year. In the past two years, the agency has dealt with 7 active labs and 5 lab remnants. The total cost has been $26,000. "At a minimum cost for each one of those, were looking at a cost of $26,000, that's $6,000 over our investigations budget right there," said Sgt. Randy Hanson.
Hanson says he's confident that the situation will work out. Agencies and Counties will work together to deal with the shortfall. Still, he says it's a hassle. "We've got a job that we have to do no matter what and we just have to find a way to do it with what we have available to us," said Hanson.