A Spokesperson for Congressman David McKinley says West Virginia officials should know within 2-3 months whether the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy will grant a request designating Wood County a “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area”.
If so granted, it means Wood County would get federal support, including funding, to help combat drug abuse and trafficking.
Local law enforcement agencies are encouraged by the efforts to get that designation.
And a former member of the local drug task force-now Vienna’s Chief of Police-says Wood County’s location intensifies the flow of drugs in the region.
“I think the pitch to get these funds allocated for our area is our geographic location,” says Chief Mike Pifer, “with I-77 coming into Parkersburg, with route 50 through Parkersburg. That would obviously affect Washington County as well, and the surrounding counties.”
Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says federal help will allow enforcement to fight not only heroin, but also abuse of methanphetemene.
A spokesman for First District Congressman David McKinley says it could be known in as soon as a few days whether Wood County will get that designation.
The request came in a letter to the drug control policy office’s acting director.
ORIGINAL STORY: 5/9/2017
A West Virginia senator is joining a group of law enforcement agencies requesting for Wood County to receive a special designation that would qualify the county for more federal funding to fight illegal drug trafficking.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is supporting the efforts of a coalition of law enforcement agencies asking that Wood County, West Virginia be designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
The HIDTA designation would enable Wood County to receive federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts among federal, state and local law enforcement officials.
It also will allow local agencies to benefit from ongoing HIDTA-coordinated initiatives working to reduce drug use and its consequences across the United States.
Monday, Senator Manchin sent a letter to Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Richard Baum encouraging the designation of Wood County as a HIDTA County.