Area drug task forces awarded more than $190K in state funds

Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims (at right) was in Columbus Monday as Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the Greater Warren County Drug Task Force was awarded $50,030 from the RecoveryOhio Law Enforcement Fund.

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Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims (at right) was in Columbus Monday as Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the Greater Warren County Drug Task Force was awarded $50,030 from the RecoveryOhio Law Enforcement Fund.

Three area drug task forces were awarded a total of more than $190,000 from the RecoveryOhio Law Enforcement Fund.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced the awards among $2 milion to drug task forces in 27 Ohio counties.

The R.A.N.G.E. Task Force, Montgomery County, received $92,640; ACE Task Force, Greene County, $52,720, and Greater Warren County Drug Task Force was awarded $50,030. The last task force operates in Warren and Clinton counties.

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Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims attended the press conference where the announcement was made.

The funds will be used to “intensify their efforts to identify high-level drug traffickers; dismantle large drug trafficking organizations; interrupt the flow of money and drugs from Mexican cartels; and prevent the sale of illegal narcotics to those suffering from substance use disorder,” according to a press release issued Monday.

“Funding will also be used to support the mission of Governor DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative, which aims to increase substance use and mental health awareness, implement age-appropriate prevention education in schools, connect those who need help with treatment, and promote recovery.”

“Ohio’s task force officers work day and night to identify and arrest the drug traffickers who are fueling addiction. These grants will help local authorities continue this important work, as well as expand law enforcement’s role in preventing substance abuse through prevention, education, and proactive outreach,” DeWine said.

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