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Douglas County dissolves drug enforcement unit


December 23, 2020

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is ending operation of a special drug-focused unit, calling its structure outdated as the department moves away from focusing on "low-level users."

Sheriff's office spokesman Jenn Hethcoat told the Lawrence Journal-World that the decision to dissolve the unit that works with Lawrence police was finalized in November.

Hethcoat says the office will continue to operate a special investigative unit but with a focus on crimes related to drug activity, "not low-level users who would benefit more directly from behavioral health support th...

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