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Stopping the Flow

NCJ Number
Police: The Law Enforcement Magazine Volume: 26 Issue: 4 Dated: April 2002 Pages: 26-28
Marcus Wynne
David Griffith
Date Published
April 2002
3 pages
This article describes the Combined Agencies for Narcotics Enforcement (CANE) Unit implemented in Montgomery County, Ohio to target mid and upper-level narcotics dealers.
Targeting those traffickers above street level to stop the flow of drugs to street level dealers, Montgomery County, Ohio developed and implemented the Combined Agencies for Narcotics Enforcement (CANE) Unit in 1987. Montgomery County is an urban and suburban county covering the greater Dayton, Ohio metropolitan area. CANE is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Bureau of Justice Assistance and renewed annually. CANE is supported by other participating agencies and police chiefs, with each participating agency supplying at least one detective. The day-to-day expenses are paid for with assets seized and forfeitures from drug dealers. Each major case is accomplished through lengthy undercover and surveillance operations. On the average, 25 to 30 mid-level dealers are removed off the streets each year by CANE disrupting the operations of between 375 and 600 street dealers.