A central Kentucky county is receiving additional resources to fight illegal drug trafficking at the distribution level. Madison County is now a part of the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. The announcement came Thursday in Richmond. HIDTA Director Frank Rapier says the additional federal money helps cut off illegal drugs coming from areas like Detroit and Atlanta. "The big thing is the partnership it brings to all the other HIDTA federal, state, and local working together. That's huge for us and sharing the intelligence from that," said Rapier.
Rapier says Madison County should receive about $200,000 for law enforcement officers. He says that money can go to help pay overtime costs. Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle says the effort to curb the illegal drug flow is stronger when federal, state, and local interests join together. "And this is just a unique area for the cartels and the gangs where they bring their poison in. This is more or less a hub area for some of these places," said Coyle.
Sheriff Coyle hopes an impact can be felt within the next six months.