FORMATION OF Cal-MMET
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Methamphetamine Team was formed in October of 2006. It is funded by the Cal-MMET grant from the state Office of Emergency Services (OES).
Cal-MMET STAFF AND TRAINING
The team is comprised of 1 full time Sergeant, 1 Deputy and 2 Deputies that assist as a collateral duty. Members are trained in all facets of methamphetamine investigations. This training includes, undercover operations, case management, preparing warrants, investigative techniques, expert witness testimony, search warrant execution, arrest tactics, proper handling of Confidential Sources and report writing.
• Target methamphetamine manufacturing, selling and trafficking
• Identification, apprehension and successful prosecution of violators
• Assist other law enforcement agencies concerning methamphetamine investigations
• Educate the community concerning the hazards associated with methamphetamine usage
Methamphetamine abuse is widely acknowledged to be an important public health problem in California and an issue of growing importance in many other parts of the U.S. The National Drug Intelligence Center (2001) describes methamphetamine as “without question, the most significant drug threat in Northern California.” The county of Santa Clara has a significant methamphetamine problem. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that Santa Clara County is home to the western half of Highway 152, a major conduit for methamphetamine manufactured in the Central Valley. This has made Santa Clara County the hub of methamphetamine distribution for the entire region.
Illegal use of chemicals and dumping of toxic waste occur in conjunction with methamphetamine production. This results in endangered wildlife, degradation of water quality, and severe harm to the ecosystem.
If you discover signs of methamphetamine dump sites or suspect someone in your neighborhood of manufacturing methamphetamine…STOP, take careful note of your surroundings and leave the area. Do NOT confront possible suspects. The best way to assist law enforcement is to report:
• Location (marked on a map)
• Description of observations
• Descriptions of people / vehicles in the area
• Vehicle license plates
• When (date and time)
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Methamphetamine Enforcement Team can be reached at 408-808-4310 (you may remain anonymous). Tips may be faxed to 408-808-4305.
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