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California Briefing / Los Angeles

U.S. funds will aid fight against drugs

July 16, 2009|Sam Quinones

U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. on Wednesday announced $8.7 million in grants of federal Recovery Act funds to law enforcement agencies to help fight drug trafficking along the California-Mexico border.

An additional $30 million in such grants for California and other states will be announced soon, he said.

Holder, visiting Los Angeles, said the grants would help promote cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as they fight Mexican drug cartels.

The money will go to expand anti-drug task forces in San Diego County and purchase a system that will allow agencies to share information in Northern California.

Holder called the grants "an investment" that will "ensure that our fight against the cartels is . . . tough."

-- Sam Quinones

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