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Sheriff’s Office OK’d to continue participation in federal drug enforcement program

(file photo by Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. – The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office will continue to receive federal funding for its drug enforcement efforts for another year.

During their meeting on March 21, the Campbell County Commissioners approved the sheriff’s office’s request to continue participating in the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program through December 2023, a program that the office has been a part of for over 20 years. 

The program, offered through the Office of National Drug Control Policy, provides assistance to law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking areas across the United States, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. 

Through the program, the sheriff’s office will receive $99,486, enough to cover a deputy’s salary and benefits, according to Campbell County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Seeman, who said Gillette and Campbell County continue to meet the criteria for HIDTA designation. 

Gillette is a high-traffic area, he said, with an interstate in its backyard and a lot of people coming north on Highway 50 to meet up with Interstate 90. One of the good things about the HIDTA program is that it’s not specific to one controlled substance or another, according to Seeman. 

“Our officers are out there and are supporting the controlled substance act and investigating that whether it be marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, opioids, things like that,” Seeman said.