Metro-East News

Perry and Washington counties create joint drug task force

Perry and Washington County’s sheriff departments have joined together to create a bi-county drug task force.

The “Perry Washington County Anti-crime and Drug Taskforce” comes as a response to a significant increase in drug arrests in the counties, according to a press release. Perry County has seen a 65 percent increase and Washington County has had a 33 percent increase in drug-related arrests since 2014.

A federal grant for $61,300 will be used to hire a commander for the new task force. The partnership will also allow both counties to conduct drug eradication and interception on I-64, highway 127 and highway 51.

“Drug overdoses have been on a rise with the resurgence of heroin and crystal methamphetamine in our region,” Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis said in the press release.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6