Prince George's County's crackdown on the illegal drug trade could get a $1.5 million boost from the state if Gov. William Donald Schaefer and the General Assembly approve a plea for assistance from the county's senate and house delegations.
The money, which would be part of a budget supplement that Schaefer will deliver to the General Assembly in coming weeks, would bring to $3.2 million the amount of money the governor's Justice Assistance Program has allocated Prince George's County in the last two months to fight drug-related crime.
"We want the citizens of Prince George's to be aware that while the county is on the cutting edge of the drug fight, it is getting full support from the state," said Sen. Frank J. Komenda (D-Temple Hills), chairman of the county's Senate select committee. Komenda said he and Del. Dennis C. Donaldson (D-District Heights), chairman of the county House delegation, will ask Schaefer for the money within the next few weeks.
County Executive Parris Glendening, reacting to a surge in the number of drug-related crimes and homicides -- including the slaying of five people in Landover on Friday -- announced a $6 million war on drugs last week. The effort includes adding 100 officers to the 915-member force during the next two years, hiring additional prosecutors and enhancing drug education and treatment programs.