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Hardin County receives federal money to fight drugs, McConnell visits

Niko Niko
Officer Chris Bland Officer Chris Bland
Mitch McConnell Mitch McConnell

HARDIN CO, KY (WAVE) – Hardin County law enforcement can tap into more money and resources after the federal government designated the county as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). The acronym doesn't mean there's a bigger problem than similar populated counties, but the designation provides police, deputies and troopers more tools.

Elizabethtown police credit Senator Mitch McConnell for the county's designation. The U.S. Senator dropped by police headquarters as area law enforcement thanked government leaders.

Officials aren't bragging about it, but officers contend HIDTA provides more on the job training.  "In a difficult budget environment like we're in, HIDTA funds mean there are additional monies available to pay overtime," U.S. Attorney David Hale said.

McConnell said drug trafficking happens in the truest sense of the word, since I-65 passes through the heart of Hardin County. "The argument I was making with the drug czar was the fact that Elizabethtown and Hardin county sit between two interstates."

"The designation has allowed our local narcotics task force the use of the designation's money to work extra overtime with our new K-9 unit," Officer Chris Bland said. Bland is the handler for former Louisville Metro Police K-9, named Niko.

Federal dollars will supplement additional training for Bland and ensure there's funding available to utilize Niko.  

HIDTA will also provide law enforcement throughout Hardin County more access to federal intelligence and technology.

"The funds can be used for equipment purchases with local law enforcement in a drug task force," Hale added.

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