The Task Force
The Columbiana County Drug Task Force was formed in
1992 with great assistance from Prosecuting Attorney
Robert Herron. Prosecutor Herron recognized the need for
a task force to fight narcotics as they were becoming
a large problem for the county.
The task force allows agencies within the county to form
a unit which is important because drug traffickers and users
are not confined to jurisdictional lines as are law enforcement.
The task force permits the agents flexibility of shifts that
could not be obtained at their home department.
A narcotics investigation takes long hours, and is expensive.
The task force, through funding from OCJS
(Ohio Criminal Justice Services) Byrne Grant,
has been able to obtain the expensive equipment necessary to conduct a narcotics
investigation and most important to get the evidence needed for the conviction.
Also the narcotics themselves are expensive to purchase. The original task force
was just 3 members not including Bureau Criminal Identification and Investigation.
In the mid 1990's the task force grew to 13 members. The task force currently
has 9 members, one is assigned to Drug Enforcement Administration Youngstown
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