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Nelson County joins Hardin County in federal program to combat drugs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hardin County investigators say a federal program they've been using for two years is effective in getting drugs off the streets.

“Our numbers are climbing just because we've been able to get into some of those groups and systems… and shut that down,” Hardin County Narcotics Task Force Director Ron Eckert said.

On Friday, Nelson County law enforcement announced that the county will also be a part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program. Officials hailed it as a monumental move in the fight against drugs.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program - or HIDTA - provides additional resources for counties-like equipment, training and funding to pay for overtime. “Any additional resources you can get can only help,” Eckert said.

Before HIDTA was fully utilized in Hardin County in 2012, the Greater Hardin County Narcotic Task Force says it handled 772 cases.

Eckart says the number jumped to 970 in 2013 and since the beginning of the year he says they have been involved in more than a thousand cases. “Any additional help we get to link that together is just a good thing,” he continued.

Eckart says Nelson County's involvement in the program will help his task force pursue more cases with Nelson County ties.

Since the county was admitted into the federal program, Eckert says he's been rallying for Nelson County to also be a part of it.

“There's always been a lot of drug activity in Nelson County kind of like Hardin County,” he explained.

Next year-he expects to see even higher numbers of drug cases in the area.

Eckart says he has requested money from HIDTA for 2015, but plans to ask for additional funds now that Nelson County is a part of the program.

He says he should find out soon if the budget is approved.

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