Hardin County sees drug designation as a key step to fighting scourge

09/03/2012 10:21 PM

A federal designation for Hardin County could mean more federal money and law enforcement training to fight the scourge of drugs.

Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske last week officially included Hardin County in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area after a request by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

McConnell first invited Kerlikowske to Kentucky in 2011 to give a first hand look at the state’s battle with illegal drugs.

The drug designation is aimed at reducing marijuana growing, trafficking and selling in Appalachia by coordinating law enforcement agencies to work together.

Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry said the resources the designation can bring in will be crucial.

“It’s the sharing of intelligence, national assets, help with aviation assets potentially, all those types of things when it comes to combating the war on drugs” (at :51).

Berry believes the use of federal money is acceptable to help the local law enforcement agencies combat the war on drugs at the state level.

“Obviously all of it has to be kept in check and then there is priorities but I think certainly fighting the war on drugs is something important in our society” (at 1:03).


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