COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday the awarding $3 million in funding for 44 law enforcement agencies across the state.
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In a release sent by DeWine's office, it was announced that the funding will be awarded to the various agencies to "help their drug task forces enforce the state’s drug laws and combat illegal drug activity."
“No one knows better than local law enforcement the effects that drugs have on their own communities,” said DeWine in a statement. “This funding will support our local authorities as they work to take drugs off the streets."
The money awarded comes from grants from the 2023 Ohio Drug Law Enforcement Fund. The fund supports drug task forces on the issues of drug trafficking, pharmaceutical diversion, and other organized criminal activity associated with the drug trade.
Several Northeast Ohio agencies will be receiving funds from the Grant. They are listed below:
- Cleveland Division of Police - $137,013.70
- Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office - $8,338.37
- City of Bedford - $ $78,811.78
- Lake County Narcotics Agency - $75,000.00
- Medina County Drug Task Force - $92,429.55
- Stark County Sheriff's Office - $124,701.76
- Summit County Sheriff's Office - $137,013.70
- SPAN Drug Enforcement - $5,000.00
- Portage County Sheriff's Office - $11,138.85
- Westshore Enforcement Bureau - $90,937.20
The full list of implementing agencies and the amount funded can be seen in the chart below:
Funds can be used to investigate drug trafficking organizations, disrupt supply chain through intelligence gathering, information sharing and more. Money can also be allocated to the education, support and treatment of drug overdose victims and their families.