EFFINGHAM, IL – At a press conference in Effingham, Illinois on Wednesday, Illinois State Police (FAI) Superintendent Brendan Kelly announced that Metropolitan Enforcement Groups (MEG ) ISPs recovered approximately $71 million worth of illegal drugs in fiscal year 2021.
According to ISP, in 2021, state MEGs seized 400% more fentanyl, 260% more heroin and 190% more methamphetamine, compared to 2020.
“Through the strong state, local, and federal partnerships of MEG units, drug enforcement in our state is focused on apprehending violent criminals and drug dealers profiting from the pain of those who lose loved ones to drugs. dangerous,” Illinois State Police Superintendent Brendan F. said. Kelly. “The ISP is grateful for community partnerships like those of the MEG units, as they lead to a more united and effective front in pushing back against these merchants of misery driving this ongoing epidemic.”
MEGs are based in nine regions and cover 20 counties across the state. The Southern Illinois Enforcement Group (SIEG) is the only MEG based in the Local 6 area. It covers Williamson, Jackson, and Union County.
Compared to 2020, the SGEI reported a 92% increase in total methamphetamine seized, a 96.4% increase in pharmaceuticals and a 38,558.04% increase in other dangerous drugs. The estimated value of the drugs seized by the SGEI is $316,284.
The SGEI opened 107 investigations in 2021 and closed 42. There are currently 103 ongoing investigations.
The SIEG also seized 16 firearms in 2021, five more than the previous year.
To view the full report provided by the Illinois State Police, click the PDF below.