DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan City Commission met Tuesday morning to approve three grants given to the police department through the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Two of which will go towards transportation and overtime costs but one for participation in the Dothan High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
Chief Steven Parrish explained what that will mean for the department.
“And the initiative set on the agenda today and the money is earmarked for our local officers who are members of that drug task force,” Parrish said. “It’s to help work with our federal partners and combating drugs beyond the city limits of Dothan.”
These grants, with the partnership of the federal DEA will continue to work not only in Dothan but in surrounding towns and even states, such as Florida and Georgia.
Dothan is passed through by many travelers, some with intentions to move or even sell drugs.
Mayor Mark Saliba said grants will help keep the drug trade under control.
“And so that also sometimes brings an element that we wish were not here,” Saliba said. “And that’s what could be drug trafficking as well, and we’d like to continue to fight that and battle that as much as possible in the city.”
Parrish finished by explaining that there will be some surprises in store for what’s to be added to the Narcotics Task Force.