ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A pro-marijuana group has filed a formal complaint alleging the St. Louis County Drug Task Force of operating in violation of state law.
The allegation from Aaron Malin with the group Show-Me Cannabis is this: By state law, the St. Louis County Drug Task Force can only receive state funding if it has an oversight board. Malin’s Sunshine Law request for minutes of oversight board meetings was answered with the response “no such documents exist,” from county police.
“I think that it’s entirely possible that this oversight board – that they maybe created in an attempt to convince the Department of Public Safety they were in compliance with the law – may never have actually met in person, may never have actually done anything,” Malin says.
The St. Louis County Drug Task force has an annual operating budget of around $300,000, and Malin says about a third of that comes from a state-federal match of local funding.
Malin has asked for an investigation by the Missouri Attorney General.
“The Task Force Commander would have periodic meetings with the chiefs of the agencies that have detectives in the unit on an individual basis. The commander would provide updates at that time, as well as anytime a chief may have a specific request,” said Sgt. Brian Schellman, public information coordinator for St. Louis County police, in an email to KMOX News. “Since these were informal meetings, minutes were not taken, and therefore there were none to provide via the sunshine request. Starting this year, the commander of the Drug Task Force has already planned to meet with the oversight board quarterly.”
This story was updated at 12:25 p.m.
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