Montana receiving $1M to combat meth crisis

Montana’s U.S. senators announced that $1 million in federal funding is on the way to the state to to help communities combat meth use and trafficking in Montana.

Sens. Jon Tester, D- Mont., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced that a $1 million U.S. Department of Justice grant was awarded to the state.

The grant is from the Community-Oriented Policing Service — COPS — Anti-Meth Task Force funding, awarded will help stem the flow of meth and other dangerous drugs into Montana communities and help local officials prevent the manufacture of dangerous drugs in across the state.

“Meth use is a serious problem in Montana, and we need to pull out all the stops to keep it from causing further harm to families across our state,” Tester said. “This funding will help make sure local officials have the tools, and resources they need to keep meth and other dangerous drugs off the streets, keeping families safe and communities secure.”

“This funding will help support our law enforcement and give them resources and tools needed to protect our communities from Montana’s devastating meth crisis,” Daines said. 

Releases from the senators said the money will go to the state Department of Justice through the COPS anti-meth program, operated by the Department of Justice, which provides grants directly to local law enforcement agencies in states on the frontline of the methamphetamine crisis. These investments help agencies investigate meth labs, bring traffickers to justice, and interdict meth and the chemicals used to make it.