Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced $12 million in grants and a new Drug Enforcement Administration division overseeing the Appalachian region to help law enforcement officials combat illicit drugs, especially prescription opioids.
At a news conference Wednesday morning, Sessions also said he has directed his U.S. attorneys to designate an opioid coordinator to work with prosecutors and other federal, state, trial and local law enforcement officials to better coordinate opioid prosecutions.
The DEA will establish its new division, the Louisville Field Division, on Jan. 1 to unify its drug trafficking investigations. The division will include Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, will have about 90 special agents and 130 task force officers, and focus on illicit drug trafficking in the Appalachian Mountains.
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