Sollie Says Drug Task Force Funding Running Short

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says drug investigations in Meridian and Lauderdale County are on the verge of being cut in half.

Sollie told Lauderdale County's Council of Governments Monday that the East Mississippi Drug Task Force lost $141,000 in federal funding due to budget sequestration, and something has to be done soon to keep the current task force operating.

"What this means to us is we've got five employees that about 75% of their salary is paid for through that drug grant," said Sollie. "We're in a crisis mode. The county has no additional funds. Currently, Lauderdale County is providing eight drug agents, and the city is providing one."

The sheriff says, historically, about 75% of the drug cases come from the city. He has scheduled a meeting later this week with city officials.