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Chief Michael McCoy elected as Multi-County Narcotics Enforcement Group chairman

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Chief Michael McCoy with the Washington Police Department was elected as the next chairman for the local Multi-County Narcotics Enforcement Group (MEG) Tuesday.     

We were the first to learn about this elected position.        

MEG consists of a group of law enforcement professionals dedicated to ending the drug problem across central Illinois. 

"They go around and make undercover drug buys and do undercover drug investigations," said McCoy. 

McCoy said they are also not afraid to arrest those responsible for the use and sale of drugs. 

"It's a big issue, you know? Peoria is half way between St. Louis and Chicago and so we are a distribution point for a lot of drugs," said McCoy. 

Professionals are working diligently to stop this. The unit covers four counties: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Knox. 

"The MEG unit in Peoria is up and running. It's vibrant. It has enough people working undercover, the contacts they're making, the buys they're making. We are going to make a dent in the drug use in this part of the state in central Illinois," said McCoy. 

McCoy served as chairman of the board when he was sheriff of Peoria County.   

"I'm excited to be able to get back into it. Doing a little bit more of the drug business and being able to see how we can help out," said McCoy. 

He doesn't plan to change or expand the program for now, but would like to add a few more agencies to help out in the future. 

McCoy wants you to know undercover people are out there making drug buys right now.

The board works with 14 agencies to get a grip on drugs.       

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