The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) received $1.8 million in grant funds from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to investigate the distribution and trafficking of methamphetamine, heroin, and opioids in Oklahoma. OBN will use grant funds to establish and implement two statewide multi-jurisdictional drug task forces. The task forces will conduct drug investigations, provide training opportunities to law enforcement, and collaborate with public health providers. Each task force will be staffed by OBN agents, local law enforcement, and a drug intelligence analyst.
“We are excited to have been selected to receive these very important grants,” OBN Director John Scully said. “These grants will enable us to dedicate much-needed resources to improving the quality of life in our communities by working closer with local law enforcement and other agency partners to address the distribution and trafficking of drugs. The timing of these grants could not have been better.”
In 2017, nearly 90% of Oklahoma’s drug-related deaths involved methamphetamine, heroin, or other opioids. Since 2010, heroin-related deaths in Oklahoma have increased by over 700%. “Without intervention from law enforcement and public health providers, these drugs will continue to negatively impact Oklahoma”, Scully said.
COPS is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. Grant opportunities are designed to advance public safety by providing funds to investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, and the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids.