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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is pictured in this Daily Independent file photo. Photo by John Flavell

Boyd County is one of a handful of counties across the nation that will participate in a special federal program to combat drug trafficking and production.

The offices of Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Hal Rogers, Republicans, issued statements this afternoon hailing the designation "for inclusion in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program."

"The HIDTA program provides law enforcement agencies in designated counties with coordination, equipment, technology and additional resources to combat drug production and trafficking. Boyd County is one of only 13 counties nationwide to receive new HIDTA designations this year," McConnell's office said in press release.

Rogers' office said in a press release that Jim Carroll of the Office of National Drug Control Policy informed him of the designation.

"The addition of Boyd County will help crack down on the high rate of drug trafficking across the state line," Rogers said in the release. "The addition has been highly anticipated by local and state leaders, and I have been pleased to support them in this effort for several years. I applaud ONDCP Director Jim Carroll for taking action to designate Boyd County as part of AHIDTA's service territory. We are making great strides to beat back the scourge of addiction in our region and this task force has the necessary tools to crack down on drug dealers."

This is a developing story.

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