This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.
One of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed budget cuts during the current special session includes trimming the number of drug task forces in the state from 19 to 12.
She doesn’t suggest which seven should be axed, but after reading Sean Robinson’s report in Sunday’s News Tribune, we’d like to suggest a likely candidate: the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team – WestNET – based in Kitsap County.
The task forces, which receive both state and federal funds, are supposed to focus on big dealers and drug-trafficking networks. And while WestNET has had some successes, those were the exceptions. Robinson found that the task force spent an inordinate amount of time and resources going after small-time offenders.
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