Grant: $542,054 - Department of Justice - Sep. 16, 2009
80% voted satisfied - 20% voted not satisfied - 5 vote(s) cast
Award Description: SCINT is a multi jurisdictional narcotics team. SCINT has been in operation for 21 years serving the citizens of the South Western Oregon coast. This area is composed of 3,200 square miles and a population of 90,000. We have lost over half of our investigative staff. We now have two people with active case loads involving the distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs. Oregon was plagued in 2007 with outdoor marijuana cultivation, specifically Hispanic Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO?s). During 2007 the SCINT team was involved in the eradication of in excess of 14,000 marijuana plants. We have worked a variety of Federal investigations in the last 24 months that have dismantled DTOs. Oregon is seeing a rise in Hispanic DTO?s involved in both methamphetamine and cocaine. We recently completed an agreement with the Oregon State Police, Meth Initiative Team (MIT). From July 21, 2008, to August 8, 2008, the MIT group was in Coos County working with SCINT staff. We utilized a variety of resources to make a very visible impact in our area of operations. During the operation 12 additional OSP Detectives were brought into SCINT?s area of responsibility. This resulted in the arrest of 46 subject found in possession of controlled substances. This objective cannot be accomplished with two personnel. Counties are currently feeling the impact of reduced budgets and manpower while the illicit activities of drug dealers prosper. The methamphetamine epidemic we are plagued with fuels many of the violent crimes in our communities as well as other crimes such as identity theft, forgeries, burglaries and of late metal thefts of aluminum and copper. It is well known that staffing is critical in implementing any type of enforcement plan. It is SCINT?s goal to disrupt drug trafficking and by doing so reduce many other crimes associated with drug addiction, to include but not limited to a variety of property crimes such as thefts and burglaries. SCINT Detectives will be involved in a variety of public talks to educate the public in many of the rural patrol districts. Additional staffing will allow timely fielding of tips and allow investigators to increase statistics by at least 1/3 of the teams current statistics. SCINT is currently involved in a 48 month investigation involving the interstate transfer and sale of large quantities of marijuana. This organization has a nexus to an Organized Crime Organization. This case has recently been adopted by the State of Oregon Department of Justice. With additional resources this case will be completed disrupting this Organization.
Project Description: Due to the lateness of the award the project did not start in the reporting quarter. It is anticipated that the project will begin in November of 2009. The closing date of the hiring of investigators will be in October 2009. Upon passing a Law Enforcement back ground check the detectives will be put to work reducing crime and improving the quality of life within SCINT?s area of responsibility. At the implementation of the program SCINT will purchase the much needed equipment to accomplish the goals set forth. SCINT will then obtain additional training to educate staff to augment goals and objectives.
Jobs Summary: None this reporting period. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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