The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s announced that Floyd County will be designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

This designation means more resources — such as manpower and funding — will be available for local law enforcement, said Floyd County Police Chief Mark Wallace.

“The HIDTA is our nation’s leading program designed to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organization,” Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, said in a press release.

The designation means that Floyd County will be eligible for resources which can include collaboration around intelligence sharing as well as specialized training aimed to crack down on drug activity, the release stated.

Funding for the ONDCP is approved through the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, of which Graves is the Republican leader.

Last year, as chairman of the subcommittee, $417 million was provided for ONDCP in the annual funding bill. Within this amount, the bill provided $280 million for HIDTAs and $118 million for other federal drug control programs.

“By coordinating with federal officials to crack down on drug abuse and trafficking, we can save lives and keep Floyd County families safe. Drug abuse does not discriminate and it’s important that we have ‘all hands on deck’ to combat this threat. I thank President Trump and ONDCP Director Jim Carroll for their leadership and assistance in this effort to keep our community safe from dangerous drug activity,” Graves said in a press release.

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