Harford County has been designated a in the by National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske.
Seven other counties were also identified to receive help with “the coordination and development of drug-control efforts among federal, state, local" law enforcement agencies in the respective areas, according to a policy release.
“It’s more than just the money to our agency," said Monica Worrell, spokeswoman for the . "It offers us manpower equipment and intelligence gathering to help us get the guns, the drugs and the dangerous people off the streets.”
Police and sheriff's departments within the specified counties will create initiatives to combat “production, manufacture, transportation, distribution, and chronic use of drugs and money laundering.”
There are 28 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas in the United States, covering about 60 percent of the national population.
"Close collaboration with our Federal, state, local, and tribal partners is a critical component of our efforts to reduce both the demand and supply of drugs," Kerlikowske said in a release.
Other newly-designated counties were:
- Orange County in New York.
- Mendocino County in California.
- Porter County in Indiana.
- Lexington and Richland Counties in South Carolina.
- Putnam and Mercer Counties in West Virginia.