Congress Cleaning Up "Meth Valley"

By Mike Trim

Congress Cleaning Up "Meth Valley"

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 11, 2006 at 11:50 PM EDT

A burned out meth lab in Wysox is one of about 50 that have been busted in Bradford County over the last three years.

And two Sheriff's Deputies were killed while trying to serve a warrant on meth charges in 2004.

"That really brought it home to me, what a serious problem we had," said Representative Don Sherwood (R).

And Wednesday, Sherwood brought a federal grant of $250,000 to Bradford County to fight methamphetamine use and production.

At the courthouse in Towanda, Sheriff Steven Evans talked about how the grant money will help.

It will buy new surveillance equipment to find remote meth labs.

And some money will go to the Community Against Methamphetamine Task Force, or CAM.

CAM will work with the Sheriff’s Office to talk to students about meth in the county's seven school districts.

"We've seen dramatic increases over the past several years in the number of young meth users. It is key and critical to intercept those future users at an early age and show them the dramatic and drastic affects," said Bradford County Sheriff Steven Evans.

Evans says the county doesn't have the money for these programs.

That's why he's thankful for the federal help.

"We're doing something about it. This money is going to do some good in Bradford County," said Evans.

The $250,000 grant comes on the heels of a $100,000 federal grant the Bradford Sheriff's Office received last year.

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