Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said heroin seizures are at unprecedented levels in Wilmington and that a new title could actually help bring those numbers down.
Wilmington City Council voted Tuesday night to unanimously to become a participant in a "High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area" Program.
In becoming a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the city will join in a new partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies in the fight against drugs according to Wilmington City Council agenda documents.
The documents said this new cooperative effort will mean more coordinated strategies to reduce the amount of drugs on the street.
There are already 28 of these labeled drug hot spots across the country according to city council agenda packets.
Evangelous hopes this will mean a decrease in the amount of drugs that make it into the Port City.
"We've had some big seizures of heroin- thousands and thousands of packets. Clearly we have a source issue coming into the city and this is just gonna allow us to tap into that federal funding with this new designation," Evangelous said.
The chief said no local funding would be needed for the project.
Evangelous said the department is also very close to getting approval to let its officers carry heroin antidote drugs.
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