October 25, 2014

Sheriff’s office awarded stimulus funds for STING officer

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ARENAC COUNTY — The Arenac County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $142,587 to bring a full-time Strike Team Investigative Group (STING) officer on board and restore the STING program, which hasn’t operated in Arenac County since 2002.

The STING program, according to a Sept. 22 press release from Congressman Bart Stupak (D – Menominee), works to reduce the number of drug houses and drug overdoses, monitor drug activity and reduce criminal activity, and reduce drug trafficking, illegal drugs in school districts, and the cultivation of marijuana on public and private lands.

Stupak announced that along with Arenac County, the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office was also awarded stimulus funds, as it received $231,022 to provide a deputy and vehicle for the Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement team.

“This funding is critical to providing law enforcement officials in Arenac and Mackinac Counties with the resources necessary to combat drug-related crimes in these communities,” Stupak said.

Recently, Michigan State Police First Lieutenant Robert Lesneski has been lobbying for support for the STING program in Arenac County, receiving a verbal commitment from the Standish Township Board.

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