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Maine Gets $900K for New Drug Agents, Equipment

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is getting a $900,000 grant from the federal government to help fight the state's growing drug problem.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that the money will be used by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency to investigate the sale and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

MDEA Director Roy McKinney says the funds will pay for four new drug agents and specialized equipment for officials who respond to meth labs. The grant provides funding for a two-year period.

Maine drug officials have responded to 20 meth labs so far this year. That's the same amount they investigated over the entirety of 2013.

Ten state drug enforcement agencies across the country received a total of $6 million in grants.