- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia city is getting a new task force to combat drug trafficking organizations.

The Huntington Police Department on Tuesday announced a partnership with the federally-funded Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.

The task force will include special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It will also work with the Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors.

The Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program will fund the $97,000 task force and help train officers.

Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial says the partnership will work toward stopping drug and gun-related crimes.

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