Straits area drug enforcement team splits forces

Mackinac, Chippewa and Luce counties now have a newly formed drug enforcement task force, known as TRI-DENT.

The new task force is the result of the Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement team, or SANE, splitting up.

The SANE team has existed since 1987, and will continue to address drug issues in Otsego, Cheboygan and Emmet counties.

SANE’s board of directors said the split will allow these separate forces to focus more on their local areas, where before the team was split between counties in the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

Enforcement officials said the split will also help both teams balance their annual budgets.