County will receive nearly $88,000 to fight illegal drugs – The Tribune

DeWine grants funds to the district attorney’s office.

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced funding for 41 local law enforcement agencies to help their drug task forces enforce state drug laws and fight against illegal drug activity, and the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office is among those receiving the funds.

Rewards to law enforcement agencies statewide totaled $3.6 million, and Lawrence County will receive $87,901 of that amount.

Grants from the 2022 Ohio Drug Law Enforcement Fund will support drug task forces that impact 67 counties on issues of drug trafficking, pharmaceutical diversion, and other organized criminal activity associated with drug trafficking.

The program, which is administered by the Bureau of Criminal Justice Services, also aims to help local entities improve safety for Ohioans through multijurisdictional task forces.

“Ohio’s drug task forces play an absolutely critical role in getting drugs off the streets and holding drug dealers accountable,” DeWine said. “These grants are flexible so that special counter-narcotics commanders can tailor their plans to the greatest benefit of their local communities.”

Funds can be used by agencies to investigate drug trafficking organizations and disrupt the drug supply through intelligence gathering, information sharing and multi-agency coordination. Grants can also be used to support local work aimed at helping drug overdose victims and their families through education, support and treatment options.

The Ohio Drug Law Enforcement Fund is part of the Drug Interdiction, Disruption, and Reduction Plan funded by Ohio’s operating budget.

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