WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Representative Hal Rogers (KY-5) announced today that he has secured $2.28 million for the Kentucky National Guard's Counter-Drug Program. The funding will be used to help the National Guard continue efforts to fight marijuana production and trafficking in southern and eastern Kentucky.
"The Kentucky National Guard plays an important role in tracking down marijuana cultivation and keeping harmful drugs out of our communities," said Rogers. "This funding, which is fully endorsed by the Congress, puts drug pushers and criminals on notice that we will not stop pursuing them and that their activities are not welcome in southern and eastern Kentucky."
The Kentucky National Guard works in conjunction with the Appalachia High-Density Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) task force, Operation UNITE, and other law enforcement agencies to reduce illegal drugs throughout eastern Kentucky.
Rogers included the federal funding in the FY 2007 Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations bill, which was approved September 26, by the House of Representatives. President Bush is expected to sign the legislation into law soon.