Office of Drug Control Policy
Kentucky’s Narcotic Officer’s Conference Takes Place in Louisville

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 07, 2006  
Contact Information:  Contact Stacy Floden
(502) 564-8220

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The 2nd Annual Narcotic Officer’s Conference was held in Louisville.  The event was sponsored by the Office of Drug Control Policy, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Narcotics Officers Association and the Regional Organized Crime Information Center.

Nearly 350 representatives of law enforcement throughout the state attended.   The conference featured topics regarding the scope of Kentucky’s prescription drug problems, Internet drug investigations, parcel interdiction, asset forfeiture and Mexican drug cartels.  Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were represented at the

“Finding ways to work together toward the same goal at the local, state and federal levels is vital in our ongoing battle against substance abuse,” said Teresa Barton, deputy secretary of the Justice & Public Safety Cabinet.  “It is so important to share information from officers-on-the-beat on through the federal level, and back again, so every member of law enforcement can work as a team in targeting drug abuse.”

“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,” stated Laurie Dudgeon, executive director for the Office of Drug Control Policy. “The education and training this conference offers is invaluable to the officers in the fight against drugs.”

Justice & Public Safety Cabinet Deputy Secretary Teresa Barton presented the Narcotic Officer of the Year Award to Detective Ron Lafferty of the Barren-Edmonson County Drug Task Force.  Senator Richie Sanders received the legislative leadership award for his efforts in securing funding and support for drug task forces.