Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Participates in the Kentucky Narcotic Officer’s Conference
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher delivered closing remarks and presented awards today at the first-ever Kentucky Narcotic Officer’s Conference sponsored by the Office of Drug Control Policy, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Narcotics Officers Association and the Regional Organized Crime Information Center.
“Getting drugs out of our communities is a priority of this administration,” said Governor Fletcher. “The education and training this conference offers is invaluable to the officers in the fight against drugs.”
Nearly 250 representatives of law enforcement throughout the state attended the two-day conference. The keynote speaker, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Supervisory Special Agent Dennis Lindsey, began his federal law enforcement career with the DEA in 1988. He is a popular speaker and conference presenter at advanced law enforcement seminars domestically and has represented DEA as an instructor in 27 countries around the world. U.S Attorney Greg Van Tatenhove, U.S. Attorney Dave Huber and Regional Organized Crime Information Center Director James Rogers also spoke at the conference.
“The Office of Drug Control Policy, as a part of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, is the central coordinating agency for anti-drug efforts in the commonwealth,” said Executive Director Teresa Barton. “In the past, people in drug prevention, treatment and law enforcement did not communicate and work together. Now, Kentucky has a balanced attack which has begun to reduce the drug trafficking and substance abuse.”
Governor Fletcher presented the Narcotic Officer of the Year Award to United States Forest Service Special Agent Frank Antos. Senator Robert Stivers and Representative Gross Lindsay received a legislative leadership award for their contributions to substance abuse issues.
Special Agent Antos has been a member of the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force since January of 2004. He has been assigned as a task force member of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) for the past five years. He was a law enforcement officer for the United States Forester Service for 10 years prior to joining the Appalachia HIDTA.