Maryland Further Funds Anti-Drug Progam

Two weeks ago, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that an additional $6 million dollars would go towards fighting the state’s opioid and heroin epidemic.

Like many states, Maryland has struggled to control the increased rates of drugs. The COVID-19 pandemic has made enforcement harder than ever, as more and more people turn to drugs to escape their present realities and relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.

The funding will support the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network, which was formed in 2017 to control the prevalence of drugs, gangs, and firearms. Since 2017, the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network has:

  • Disrupted or dismantled 1,176 criminal organizations
  • Seized 509 kgs of illegal drugs and 975 firearms
  • Rescued 127 human-trafficking victims
  • Recovered more than $17.5 million in seized drugs and assets

Baltimore, Carroll, and Harford counties will receive the biggest chunks of funding. It’s undisclosed how the additional resources will be allocated between the different departments of the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network. Hopefully, the new funding will help Maryland curb the presence of drugs for the health and safety of its residents.

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