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John Barrasso on Drugs

Republican Jr Senator


Make criminals pay for their meth lab mess

During the keynote speech at the 5th Annual Methamphetamine and Substance Abuse Conference in Casper, Senator John Barrasso urged passage of legislation to utilize seized criminal funds to clean up meth labs. “This bill doesn’t cost Wyoming taxpayers a dime,” Barrasso said. “It makes criminals pay for criminal activity.”

Barrasso is the lead Republican sponsor of S. 2100, the “Federal Emergency Meth Lab Cleanup Funding Act of 2007.” The bill would make the U.S. Department of Treasury Forfeiture Fund (TFF) available to help property owners clean up contaminated meth lab sites. The TFF is a special account that houses seized criminal funds--from drug cartels to terrorist organizations.

“We must work together to prevent and treat substance abuse,” Barrasso added. “We must also deal with the additional consequences of meth production and distribution. Meth lab clean-ups are very expensive and could put our small motel owners and landlords out of business.”

Source: Address to Annual Meth & Substance Abuse Conference , Jan 9, 2008

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