TOPEKA – (May 3, 2013) – Kansas law enforcement and prosecutors are making progress in removing methamphetamine manufacturers and traffickers from the streets, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
In 2012, the Kansas Attorney General’s office prosecuted 35 people for meth crimes that resulted in prison sentences of five or more years in prison. Most drug prosecutions are handled locally, but the attorney general’s office assists local authorities in major cases or when otherwise requested.
“The key to addressing the meth problem is getting those who manufacture and distribute the drug off the streets,” Schmidt said. “The attorney general’s office will continue to assist local prosecutors in this critically important effort.”
Schmidt said the 2012 methamphetamine convictions included 29 state cases and six federal court convictions. The 35 people convicted were sentenced to a total of 268 years in prison. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office can assist local and federal prosecutors with certain serious drug crime prosecutions.
Combating the manufacture and trafficking of meth and other illegal drugs is a priority for Attorney General Schmidt and law enforcement officers throughout the state. To help target this problem, two special task forces have been established in the southern regions of the state. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies work with prosecutors in the region to put drug traffickers and dealers behind bars. Schmidt’s office has assistant attorneys general assigned specifically to these task forces in Southeast and Southwest Kansas to prosecute drug crimes.