10/3/11 – There were 22 thousand drug arrests last year in Wisconsin, a five-year high. The increase in drug-related arrests comes at a time when drug task forces are having their budgets cut. Federal funding for drug task forces from the Office of Justice Assistance were cut 17 percent his year and there are proposals on the table in Washington now to make a similar cut next year. State money is off, too, with Wisconsin drug task forces facing a 10 percent funding reduction. Task force leaders hope officials will take a strong look before they make changes like that. One says drug crimes will continue even if task forces lose so many resources they can’t respond as they have in the past.