The NET VI Drug Task Force will be disbanding at the end of this year.
The task force board recently voted to dissolve the task force and fight drugs on a more local level.
Mike Pender, Little Falls police chief, said the decision to disband NET VI was reached because the drug problem is too great, and the area covered too large, for the three officers of NET VI.
"The (narcotic) problem needs more attention than it's received in the past. We need to go after the problem harder than we have," Pender said.
NET VI was formed 12 years ago with the purpose to have a multi-jurisdictional program for improving identification, apprehension and prosecution of drug offenders. NET VI also pursued education efforts by assisting student programs such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
NET VI covers the counties of Aitkin, Crow Wing, Morrison and Wadena.
In Crow Wing County, Sheriff Dick Ross said there was enough traffic to warrant a single-county task force made up of the sheriff's department and police departments from within the county.
"I'm really excited about it," Ross said. "We're pulling together our own forces. I think we can do as good or better a job for the people of our county."
The NET VI agents worked undercover in attempt to bring down the dealers and producers of illegal drugs. The agency is made up of three officers, who are trained as undercover investigators.
Pender said departments will still coordinate with each other when needed to combat drug-related crimes.
The federal government granted $80,000 per year to NET VI, one-fourth of that matched by the task force. Each county and local department will continue to pursue grants.
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