McConnell announces new anti-drug program coming to Nelson Count - WDRB 41 Louisville News

McConnell announces new anti-drug program coming to Nelson County law enforcement

Posted: Updated:
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nelson County will be included in a high-intensity drug trafficking area program. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell made the announcement in Bardstown Friday evening.

The announcement is a monumental move, according to Nelson County law enforcement. Those federal dollars will be used in the battle against drug production and drug-related crime.

Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin says inclusion into the Appalachia High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program has been long overdue, as the department has been working for about three years to be accepted.

Bardstown police know all too well the effects of drug crime as they believe they lost one of their own, Officer Jason Ellis, in the fight.

“No community has paid higher price than Nelson County, I just saw the wall of honor out here and you did an excellent job Chief, wherever you are, of depicting the life of Officer Ellis,” Senator McConnell said.

The HIDTA program provides state and local task forces with equipment, technology, and additional resources in the fight against drug-related crime.

Chief McCubbin says nearly every arrest his officers make, including theft, assault, and robbery, are all drug related... and most suspects are trying to feed a drug habit.

"We're not going to give up to this. We're going to try to save as many lives as we can... as many lives as we can," said McConnell.

About $200,000 in federal funding will be put toward surveillance technology, drug buy money, and overtime, but no additional positions.

"I really hoped it would, that's what we need because we're to a point quite honestly that if you were to talk to those narcotics detectives, they'll tell you they don't have anything left," said McCubbin.

Based off 2013 results from the Appalachia HIDTA program, McCubbin hopes the new resources will make a positive impact on the community. Police say last year the  program took 77 pounds of heroin off the street.

Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved.
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.