The Kootenai County Joint Agency Drug Task Force was created in 1988 to conduct investigations regarding illicit drugs and/or repeat criminal offenders in Kootenai County. At that time, the emphasis was on marijuana and a new drug to our area, cocaine. In the following 14 years, the Task Force was responsible for more than 2500 drug arrests. In 2001 alone, the Task Force arrested 162 suspects, seized 199 marijuana plants (969 grams), 6.9 grams of cocaine, 158 grams of methamphetamine, 791 grams of dried marijuana and 31 tabs of LSD.
Today, like in many other cities across the United States, the new drug of choice in Kootenai County is methamphetamine. In Kootenai County and its four neighboring counties alone, 94 meth labs were located and seized in 1999, and 91 in year 2000. Compared to 9 labs in 1997 and 38 labs in 1998, the number of meth labs worked has increased dramatically in the past few years.
The Task Force is currently a joint effort of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department, the Coeur d'Alene Police Department and the Post Falls Police Department. However it works with the Idaho State Police Investigations Unit and local law enforcement agencies on a regular basis. The primary purpose of the Task Force is to conduct investigations regarding illicit drugs and/or repeat criminal offenders operating within Kootenai County. The Task Force can also be utilized for approved special operations.
State and Federal websites featuring program information, brochures and pamphlets relating to illegal drug activity.