- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Six cities and one county in Virginia are getting help from the federal government to reduce drug abuse and drug trafficking.

Tazewell County and the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach have been designated as high intensity drug trafficking areas.

The designation increases the localities’ access to federal resources and information sharing among federal, state and local law enforcement.

The localities are among 26 counties and cities in 11 states that received the designation.

Office of National Drug Control Policy acting director Michael Botticelli announced the designations on Monday in a news release.

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