Alaska is getting $5 million in federal funds to curb drug trafficking.
The money will come in two installments this and next fiscal year as part of the state’s recent designation as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. The move brings with it resources to interrupt the flow of illegal drugs.
A spokesperson for the State’s Department of Public Safety, Jonathon Taylor, wrote in a release that the first spending priorities are adding funds to “task forces in Fairbanks, Southeast Alaska, and at the Anchorage International Airport” designed to spot drugs coming in. Other money will go towards “law enforcement time, equipment, and training.”
The HIDTA executive board in Alaska is made up of local, state and federal law enforcement officials.
- The state’s Marijuana Control Board is now accepting applications for on-site consumption, despite uncertainty stemming from recent board appointees.
- The governor of Maine has signed a warrant allowing the extradition of a man accused of a rape and murder 26 years ago in Fairbanks.
- Records show state officials are exploring adding a second Juneau ferry terminal 30 miles north of the Auke Bay terminal to shorten travel time.
- Anchorage police Lt. Nancy Reeder has accepted Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly’s offer to serve as the city’s new police chief.