COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that he is awarding more than $2 million in grant funding to support local law enforcement in their work to disrupt the drug trade in Ohio and enhance their role in substance use awareness, prevention, and recovery.
METRICH Drug Task Force, which serves Seneca, Wyandot, Ashland, Crawford, Hancock Huron, Knox, Marion and Morrow counties, will receive $240,640.74 to go towards equipment for enforcement operations conducted in its 10-county region. Funds will also go toward creating new quick-response teams and expanding teams currently at work in their region. A 10-county billboard and radio awareness campaign will also be developed.
Grants from the RecoveryOhio Law Enforcement Fund will also be provided to 26 other existing drug task forces 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.
Funding will also be used to support the mission of the 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,” said Governor DeWine.