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Drug and Gang Task Force Loses Founding Member to Budget Cuts

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The Marysville Police Department is no longer part of the regional gang and drug task force that it helped create.
Police Chief Wallace Fullerton says state grants from the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement made Marysville's participation in the NET-5 task force possible.  
The bureau's budget was cut by $70 million last year and the grants ended.   

FULLERTON: "We had a full-time officer. We had paid for the cost of clerical support.  We assisted with the actual cost of some of the routine items of NET-5 over the years. Because of budget issues, we have had to slowly withdraw our financial support."  

Sutter County Sheriff J. Paul Parker says the task force has had a lot of success with a proactive approach.

PARKER: "We went at it in an intelligence-led effort where we could find out who's gearing up to start a gang or turf war, or who's mad at who and try to prevent these shootings."
NET-5 will continue with remaining members each contributing $40,000 per year.  Parker warns some of those contributions rely on grant money that could also disappear.     
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