Juneau, AK (KINY) - Portions of Alaska have been recently designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy announced earlier this month that areas surrounding Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks can now receive federal funding to fight drug trafficking. The goal of those funds are to promote regional coordination to combat production, transportation, and the use of illegal drugs.
That money will be going to the Southeast Alaska Chiefs Against Drugs, which is an established regional task force that includes the Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Police Department and law enforcement agencies across Southeast.
Task force members have said that drugs are a regional problem and should be addressed regionally.
The new federal funding will hopefully make that easier.