Office of Drug Control Policy
Governor Fletcher Presents Community Funding at Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Contact Stacy Floden
(502) 564-8220

SOMERSET, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Somerset this afternoon to announce funding for various community projects.  The announcements included a ceremonial check from the Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), in the amount of $143,000, to the Lake Cumberland Drug Task Force.  The Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force has been in operation since October, 1993 and provides drug law enforcement to Pulaski, Wayne and McCreary Counties.

In 2005, the task force initiated 543 criminal investigations which resulted in the arrest of 134 defendants and seizure of $818,581 in drug proceeds and assets.

“Law enforcement officers witness firsthand the impact drugs have on many communities throughout the Commonwealth, and Somerset is no exception,” said Teresa Barton, Justice Deputy Secretary and interim executive director of ODCP.  “This grant money will assist the Lake Cumberland Drug Task Force in fulfilling their commitment to their communities and protect neighborhoods against drugs.”

In addition, the Governor presented a check for $25,288.51 to officials from Adanta Regional Prevention Center to help assist in the implementation of science-based curriculum in the schools, as well as alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention surveys and successful anti-drug media campaigns. Adanta RPC serves Wayne and Taylor Counties.

“Projects such as these are indicative of my goal to build strong communities with healthy people all across our great Commonwealth,” Governor Fletcher added.

The check presentations were made during the Governor’s speech today at a luncheon hosted by the Somerset- Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce. During that address the Governor also spoke about the importance of energy and job creation in the Appalachian Region, a primary emphasis area for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). ARC’s national conference will be held in Pikeville October 11-13 at the East Kentucky Exposition Center. The Commonwealth of Kentucky and Governor Fletcher, the ARC States’ Co-Chair, will host the event.