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Sen. McConnell makes stop in Owensboro to discuss a federal anti-drug program

Sen. McConnell in Owensboro Tuesday to discuss an federal anti-drug program.
Sen. McConnell in Owensboro Tuesday to discuss an federal anti-drug program.(WFIE)
Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 12:48 AM EDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Senator Mitch McConnell made a stop in Owensboro Tuesday morning.

He discussed the county’s recent inclusion into the Appalachia High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.

The program aims to decrease drug trafficking in the area.

Senator McConnell was joined by community leaders, along with federal, state and law enforcement officials for the news conference.

The program is extremely competitive. Officials say out of the 25 counties across the United States that applied, only six were named a destination.

“If you look at it from a population point of view, about half the state from a population point of view is covered by some HIDTA designation,” said Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Officials say the drugs that are killing people in Kentucky are coming south of the border by drug cartels and organizations.