New Area Drug Task Force Created In Southeastern Kentucky


LONDON, KY (January 5, 2023) - Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that:  A new drug interdiction task force has been launched in Laurel County. 

Laurel County Sheriff John Root, London Police Chief Chuck Johnson, and Appalachia HIDTA Executive Director Vic Brown on Thursday, January 5, 2023 announced the formation of the Laurel County Drug Interdiction Task Force 

The Task Force is a joint venture between the Laurel County Sheriff's Office and London Police Department with funding from Appalachia HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas).

The unit will combine the resources and personnel of the two departments to focus efforts on the drug problem facing Laurel and surrounding counties.

The unit will be based at the Laurel County Sheriff's Office and supervised by Sheriff's personnel.

Chief Johnson said entering into this agreement with the Sheriff's office is in keeping with his vision for inter-agency cooperation that he hopes becomes standard during his tenure.

Sheriff Root expressed his excitement that the relentless efforts of his office over the last 12 years led to the Appalachia HIDTA backing this new task force and hopes it benefits all of London, Laurel County and our region.

Pictured left to right is: London Police Chief Chuck Johnson, Appalachia HIDTA Executive Director Vic Brown and Laurel County Sheriff John Root.


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