Sangamon County Undersheriff Jack Campbell is touting the success of the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Drug Interdiction Response Team (DIRT).
Over the past 90 days, DIRT has seized 38 thousand dollars, 3 guns, 350 grams of cocaine and 1,900 grams of marijuana. Campbell says with Springfield being a pit stop on the way to Chicago, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Drug Interdiction Response Team needed to be reinstated in March.
Campbell says the next step is to start seizing more assets from criminals. There’s already a total of 200 thousand dollars sitting in a federal and state bank account.
“Springfield is a halfway point between St. Louis and Chicago,” said Campbell, “and historically we’ve always had a issues with people coming back and forth. Usually drugs are going north and money is going south.”
Campbell said these criminals usually stop off in Springfield for food, gas and on occasion to distribute as well. He said that there are plenty of felony charges and cases awaiting a day in court thanks to Dirt.
Campbell hopes the success will continue and funding will be available to keep DIRT.