Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland requested a $19,000 increase in his department's budget to purchase drugs for undercover operations. During Macon County’s board retreat last month, department heads presented commissioners with a preview of what to expect during the upcoming budget cycle. Holland informed commissioners that a new request this year would be to increase the existing $1,000 provided by the county to purchase drugs used during undercover operations, to a total of $20,000.
Holland insisted that the additional monies are crucial in fighting the county’s drug problem. The $1,000 line item specifically for the sheriff’s office undercover drug operations has remained the same since it was first established in the 1990s. Holland pleaded with commissioners, explaining that undercover drug buys have proved to be the most effective method in fighting the county’s drug problem and stands as the best way to provide evidence during a trial to lead to convictions.