For many years, the Lincoln County Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) was composed of detectives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and supported by all other Law Enforcement entities in Lincoln County to combat the production, distribution and sale of illegal narcotics. This collaborative partnership was very successful but was limited in terms of funding and full-time detectives.
Sheriff John Cottle and several county Police Chiefs recently moved away from NET and entered into an agreement, followed by the County Commission adopting an ordinance for acceptance, to become a member of the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit (MCNVCEU).
This enforcement unit encourages strong working relationships between local, state and federal drug enforcement agencies and provide safer drug free community to the areas served. This new partnership immediately provides better information and intelligence sharing relating to narcotics and violent criminals.
“Entering into this agreement provides participating law enforcement agencies with instantaneous resources which were not available in the past and access to already approved federal and state grant operational money,” said Sheriff John Cottle. “The Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit is a comprehensive and multi-jurisdictional effort to reduce felony-level criminal activity attacking narcotic and drug law violations in our community with greater efficiency. In addition, the unit provides coordinated joint investigations into criminal organizations.”
The MCNVCEU affords participating agencies non-duplication of effort and expenses resulting in criminal apprehension. Member agencies include Lincoln County, Franklin County, Reynolds County and multiple police municipalities including Troy Police Department and Moscow Mills Police Department.