On the same day Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced that the Jackson County Drug Task Force will get $341,256 of stimulus money for drug enforcement, the task force seized a probable methamphetamine lab in Independence.

How ironic.

On the same day Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced that the Jackson County Drug Task Force will get $341,256 of stimulus money for drug enforcement, the task force seized a probable methamphetamine lab in Independence.

Officers with the task force and Independence police raided a house on the 400 block of E. South Street around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

 Used purple rubber gloves and breathing masks rested on the steps leading to the front door of the residence.

What officers found, all boxed up, was a meth lab the suspects had “not started cooking in yet,” said Mike Hand, the task force’s officer in charge.

Authorities arrested four adults at the house. Names were not disclosed because they have not been charged yet, Hand said.

Nixon on Tuesday morning visited the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Lee’s Summit. He announced the task force will get $341,256 that will be spent on retaining four officers and their vehicles.

The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Current funding for the four officers came from a grant that did not cover the positions for this year, Hand said. The task force was going to lose those officers, who come from 13 participating law enforcement agencies in Jackson County.

But the stimulus money saved the four positions, Hand said.

“We’re able to retain them, and that makes quite a difference,” Hand said.

Nixon said in a statement that it’s “gratifying to know” officials are putting the funds to good use by infusing more resources, people and equipment on the streets in urban and rural Missouri.

In total, 36 law enforcement agencies in Missouri got $7.3 million in stimulus money to fight drug crime. 

The task force’s primary duties are to engage in “any kind of narcotic enforcement” in suburban Jackson County. Their main focus is suburban county areas east of Interstate 435, but they’ll go into Kansas City if the situation is needed, Hand said.