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Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Group set records in 2020

WAUKEGAN – The Lake County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Group set records in 2020, seizing nearly $3 million worth of illegal drugs and 55 illegally possessed firearms, according to a news release. The result of those actions were 350 felony charges.

In June 2020, Sheriff John Idleburg announced that Lake County had been chosen for inclusion in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, operating under the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The program provides federal support to law enforcement agencies in designated counties with coordination, equipment, technology and additional resources to combat drug production and trafficking, placing an emphasis on high-level drug trafficking organizations.

The Special Investigations Group, consisting of 15 local and federal agencies, was able to increase its efforts because of the additional support resulting from the HIDTA designation. Additionally, the Special Investigations Group offers presentations to school educators, students, community organizations and neighborhood groups to keep the community closely informed of drug trends, warning signs and resources available.

“Drug traffickers in our communities do nothing but generate violence and destroy lives,” Idleburg said. “Our Special Investigations Group seeks and arrests high-level drug traffickers while providing assistance to those struggling with substance abuse disorders.”

In 2020, the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Group seized almost two pounds of heroin, more than two pounds of crack cocaine, five pounds of LSD, eight pounds of powder cocaine, more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 150 pounds of illegally trafficked cannabis.

“We have seen a massive increase in the amount of methamphetamine being trafficked into Lake County, and SIG will continue making it a priority to seek and arrest those trafficking meth, fentanyl, heroin and other deadly drugs into our community,” Idleburg said. “I will always do everything I can to keep our community safe.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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