DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced they were awarding $3.6 million to the Ohio Attorney General's office to combat opiate distribution and manufacturing in Ohio. U.S Attorneys Justin Herdman, David Devillers and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost stated the new funding was being awarded from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office). The Ohio Attorney General's Organized Crime Investigation Commission (OOCIC) will be receiving $3,658,998 to assist the Anti-Heroin Task Force Program (AHTF).
Herdman said, "Every day in Ohio, we continue to see the adverse effects that the heroin and opioid epidemic have in our community." The COPS Office is awarding more than 29.7 million in grant funding to various law enforcement agencies in the AHTF.