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Enhanced Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) Report 2003

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This document presents the 2003 annual report on law enforcement activities funding by the Arizona Drug and Gang Enforcement Account as it relates to drugs and drug related gang activity.
The Drug and Gang Enforcement Account, established in 1987, is used to enhance efforts to deter, investigate, prosecute, adjudicate, and punish drug offenders. Funds are from Federal monies, mandatory fines collected for felony drug offense convictions, appropriations to the account by legislature, and local cash match funds. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2003, the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission distributed a total of $14,412,580 in award funds from the account to 79 projects in the State. The account includes $2,492,555 of local cash match funds. In FY 2003, 16 drug apprehension projects consisting of 16 multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency drug task forces, established in all 15 counties, received support funding from the account. There were 15 drug prosecution projects receiving support funding from the account, including full-time dedicated drug prosecutors in 13 of the 15 counties. Fifteen criminal history records improvement projects received account funds. Drug offender detention projects in two counties received Account funds. In FY 2003 apprehension project activities resulted in the arrest of 3,355 drug offense violators, a 4.63 percent decrease over FY 2002. Drug traffickers non-drug assets with a gross estimated value of $10,615,937 were seized. There was a slight decline in drug prosecution effort in the State. The criminal justice records improvement projects receiving support funds from the account have enabled State, county, and local law enforcement agencies to improve criminal justice records automation systems by the acquisition of hardware, software, and consultant expertise.