Two Utah groups have been given a combined $350,000 in federal anti-drug grants, Sen. Orrin Hatch has announced.
The Salt Lake County Housing Authority has been given $250,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to combat drug use in low-cost rental developments. And the Utah Department of Public Safety has been given $100,000 to fight organized crime's involvement with drugs.The grant to the housing authority is to fund undercover surveillance, tenant patrols, drug prevention interns living on site and analytical evaluation of possible problems in low-rent public housing developments.
The Public Safety Department grant will help fund the Organized Crime Narcotics Trafficking Program to establish a multiagency response to commonly shared drug crimes in the region.
Grant forms described the program as "a multijurisdictional investigative and prosecutorial approach to the problems posed by conspiratorial crime."