Invalid vote taken to join Canton with Peoria area MEG

By Audrey Wise

June 28, 2013 Updated Jun 28, 2013 at 10:18 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- An invalid vote by the Peoria MEG Board of Directors is raising some questions.

MEG is the Multi-County Narcotics Enforcement Group. It's primary goal is to enforce drug laws and educate the community.

It is made up of officials from four counties, Peoria, Tazewell, Knox and Woodford.

Recently a vote took place to add Canton to the group.

Canton is in Fulton County which is served by the West Central Region of drug enforcement.

Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady said the vote violated the group's bylaws, because members weren't give a 30 day written notice.

Outgoing Washington Police Chief Jim Kuckenbecker serves as the MEG Board Chair. He is leaving Washington for the Canton Police Department.

This removes him from MEG, unless Canton joins.

Sheriff Mike McCoy said Canton officials believe a majority of their drugs come Peoria.

Brady said that could be, but isn't sure on the frequency.

"I think the question becomes what will benefit, and I don't mean that from a selfish standpoint, but how will law enforcement benefit from Canton or Fulton County connected to the Peoria MEG? And if in fact we have statistics and substantial evidence that there is a great deal of drug traffic, then that may be a basis to explore it further," said Brady.

If Canton officials are still interested, Brady said a valid vote on the issue can be taken again, after the 30 day notice is given.

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