drug enforcement

When he made the transition last year from Lexington’s Chief of Police to Public Safety Commissioner, Ronnie Bastin left some big shoes to fill. So, it was quite a statement about his chosen successor when a search committee – including representatives of the criminal justice community, local businesses and the Urban County council - voted unanimously to recommend 28-year veteran Mark Barnard.

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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.