More than 200 thousand dollars in seized drug money and assets were given to local law enforcement agencies Friday that have helped Operation UNITE fight Eastern Kentucky's drug problem.
Checks were presented to 24 local police and sheriff's departments who have sponsored officers to work as UNITE detectives. UNITE officials say the 209 thousand dollars distributed represents 100 percent of forfeited illegal drugs funds since 2004.
"UNITE simply doesn't work without the support of our local sheriff's and police departments. We work hard to give them the resources they need to fight drugs in their community," said Operation UNITE Executive Director Karen Engle.
Congressman and UNITE Founder Hal Rogers further recognized seven of those agencies for their contributions to UNITE's anti drug efforts.