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Murray Announces $4 Million to Fight Methamphetamine Labs in Washington State

Nov 13 2001

Succeeded in doubling funding for law enforcement efforts to help keep communities safe

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $4 million in the fiscal year 2002 Commerce, Justice, State Judiciary (CJSJ) Conference Report for law enforcement efforts to fight methamphetamine labs in Washington State. As a member of the CJS subcommittee, Senator Murray succeeded in securing twice the level of funding as last year. The Report is awaiting a final vote in both houses of Congress, before being sent to the President for his signature.

"This funding will help make our communities safer, by cracking down on methamphetamine labs," said Murray. "Washington state's families are concerned about the safety of their children and neighborhoods, and this funding will help provide the resources to help protect our communities."

Last year, the Congress sent $2 million to Washington state to help combat the explosive growth of methamphetamine labs. The State Department of Ecology cleaned up 1,449 meth labs in 2000, up from 789 in 1999. DOE expects to clean up more than 2,500 by the end of this year.

"One of the gravest threats facing our state is the growth of methamphetamine labs. This additional funding will help law enforcement in its fight against this terrible drug," said Murray.