Northeast Texas Regional Drug Taskforce has increased activity 60 percent last year. The additional drug busts were not easy as the area’s most widely manufactured drug – a cheap form of methamphetamine called “crank” – is now produced literally on the road in automobiles. The task force presented the news to Lamar County Commissioners Court in requesting a $2,000 fund increase from last year. The task force already receives a federal grant of $485,000, and each local entity covered by the force in Lamar, Red River and Fannin counties contributes $26,950. Crank production has roots in World War II Germany as Nazi soldiers made the drug to use on the battlefield for increased stamina. Today crank can be produced cheaply by using components found on a grocery store shelf. The task force is not responsible for preaching on the social ills of illegal drug use or the harm an illicit drug like crank can do to the body and the mind. But undercover law officers are paid for knowing the lowdown on the street. It’s a dirty job, the war on drugs. Lamar County should be proud of the troops in the trenches.
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