AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage is calling on lawmakers to support his proposal to boost law enforcement to combat the state’s drug problem.
The Republican governor has submitted a nearly $3 million measure to fund 14 new drug enforcement agents. It would also add four judges and four prosecutors in the attorney general’s office.
LePage said Tuesday that the measure is not a silver bullet and that that prevention and treatment are also important. But he says it’s time to take action, hunt down the drug dealers and get them off the streets.
Critics say increasing law enforcement won’t solve Maine’s drug problem. The Maine Civil Liberties Union says LePage is “proposing a continuation of the same policies that have wreaked havoc on our communities and state budgets.”