MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The Morgan County Drug Task Force earned the title of Alabama Narcotics Unit of the Year for 2013.
Thousands of cases of meth, cocaine and marijuana have kept the task force busy, but it's those countless arrests and seizures that earned it the award.
The officers within the force do much of their work undercover, so we can't reveal their identity, but WHNT News 19 was able to speak with the director of the unit about the achievement.
"There's some stiff competition out there," said the director. "There's a lot of great guys especially I know in North Alabama that do great things in narcotic work and it's just a huge honor."
In fact, this is the first time the Morgan County team received the award.
The director said from 2011 to 2013 his team busted 673 meth labs in the county, including 169 last year.
Through the first quarter of 2014, his team has already dismantled nine meth labs.
The drug arrests have also led to a decrease in all crimes reported throughout the county.
The Sheriff's office says that non-drug related crimes are down by 30 percent.
"When you're using narcotics and things like this, you've got to find a way to make money to support that," said the director.
He says the efforts of the task force will not stop with this one award.
"I want to do more, but I think we have made a large dent in crime here and yeah, I definitely think we've improved the quality of life here," said the director.
The Morgan County Drug Task Force is currently involved with nearly 200 on-going investigations.
If you have a drug problem in your area, call the Morgan County Sheriff's Office at 256-351-4800.