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Wyoming Co. Added to Federal Drug Traffic Area

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Another county in Southern West Virginia is now recognized as a high drug trafficking area. Congressman Nick Rahall announced the federal label today. The title means the County is eligible to receive additional Federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts.

Wyoming County will be included in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area or (HIDTA). The new HIDTA designation will increase access to federal resources and information sharing in southern West Virginia.

"The added Federal muscle that this new HIDTA designation brings to Wyoming County, and which I pressed hard to secure, will help our state and local law enforcement authorities in their tireless fight against drug abuse,” said Rahall.  “Drug abuse and trafficking and the crime that accompanies it requires a coordinated response across all levels of government, and I am working hard to ensure our State’s law enforcement officials have access to the resources and training and information that they need to help them protect our communities.”

The new HIDTA designation will increase access to federal resources and information sharing in southern West Virginia. Law enforcement organizations within HIDTAs assess drug-trafficking problems and design specific initiatives to decrease the production, manufacture, transportation, distribution, and chronic use of drugs and money laundering.

Law enforcement organizations within HIDTAs assess drug-trafficking problems and design specific initiatives to decrease the production, manufacture, transportation, distribution, and chronic use of drugs and money laundering.

In a release, Congressman Rahall said, “A multi-prong strategy is needed in waging a successful battle against the epidemic, and that includes both increasing law enforcement and substance abuse education and treatment.  I intend to keep pushing hard on all fronts to ensure that our communities have every resource available in our fight to protect our homes and businesses from the harmful consequences of drug abuse and trafficking,” said Rahall. 

The Appalachia HIDTA includes fifteen West Virginia counties, including nine in southern West Virginia. Counties include Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Hancock, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Ohio, Putnam, Wayne and now Wyoming. 

The counties join other places across the country recognized as high drug trafficking areas.


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