Ashland County Announces Formation Of Drug Task Force

  • 5/23/2019 3:42:46 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - Representatives from numerous agencies in Ashland County held a joint press conference Thursday morning to announce the formation of a dedicated drug task force in Ashland County.

The task force will be made up of two officers from the Ashland Police Department, two officers from the Ashland County Sheriff's Office, and one officer from the Loudonville Police Department. The City of Ashland will provide the infrastructure for the team, including office space, computers and the like. All they needed was the manpower, which they have now thanks to the Ashland County Commissioners, who have agreed to fund the second detective from the Sheriff's Office. These officials will work undercover in the same office to reduce drug related crime in and around Ashland County.

"Cooperation between these agencies isn't new," Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell said during Thursday's conference. "In the last few years, with the rise of the opiates, the city, county, and Loudonville have been working together closely with the city and the county each having one dedicated narcotics offier. But two narcotics officers doesn't get it done. We've noticed that we still tend to be reactive, not proactive."

Tunnell continued on to say that with these coordinated efforts between departments, Ashland County can continue "winning the war on drugs in Ashland County."

Ashland Police Chief David Marcelli and Ashland Mayor Matt Miller spoke a few words at the conference, among others, thanking the organizations and individuals who made this task force possible, and expressing their confidence in the ability of this new task force to get the job done.

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