Narcotics Task Force To Disband

The Hancock County Narcotics Task Force will dissolve at the end of the year.

The Task Force is made up of law enforcers from Bay St. Louis, Waveland and the Hancock County Sheriff's Department. Officials say each agency will start its own drug enforcement unit.

"The reason for it is that because of budget constraints that everybody's going through now, we all feel that drug enforcement and prevention would be best served by each department handling their own thing," Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre said. "There would still be the spirit of corporation among all the departments, but the primary efforts would be on its own."

Favre says the Task Force faced a $64,000 budget shortfall in the coming year. The Task Force officially disbands Dec. 31st.

By Al Showers