StopDrugs Walker CountyApril 13, 2016
Walker County getting new tools to combat drug trafficking
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Walker County law enforcement have some new tools to disrupt drug trafficking. They are now part of a federal program targeting high intensity drug trafficking areas.
The I-45 corridor brings trucks and cars by the thousands every day, but it's also a gateway for moving drugs between Houston and Dallas.
Cathy Farris has lived in Walker County for 30 years and likes the program putting the brakes on the bad guys.
"Sounds really good. I know that there's a lot of arrests made on 45 and we seem to be having a lot of crime happening in Huntsville recently. So I'm hoping that will take care of it," Farris said.
Congress recently added Walker County to the program's Houston region.
"It's main goal is to dismantle drug trafficking organizations and follow it from the source, trying to stop it before it can even get distributed out to our local communities and areas," said Captain Tim Whitecotton with the Walker County Sheriff's Office.
The Walker County Sheriff's Office says that means extra manpower and partnerships.
"Some recent operations that have been conducted with possession that we have seized firearms, illegal firearms through controlled substance, money, some cocaine seizures recently," said Whitecotton as he showed us pictures.
The Sheriff's Office has been working to be part of the program for more than two years. As of right now there won't be a cost to the county.
Congressman Kevin Brady advocated for Walker County on Capitol Hill.
"Well, it’s really good news for Walker County. From a safety standpoint clearly having more resources and better coordination on drug trafficking and money laundering is really key. I really credit Sheriff [Clint] McCrae for raising this issue," said Brady, who represents District 8.
"This is good news to me," said Farris.
The Sheriff's Office says they also hope to have resources for prevention and treatment of drug abuse.
Funding will come from the federal government, local partnerships and even from money seized by investigations.