BECKLEY – Congressman Nick Rahall is awarded in Raleigh County for his fight against drugs.
Officials from the National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area awarded Rahall Thursday with its 2014 Legislator of the Year Award at a ceremony at the West Virginia State Police Troop 6 Headquarters.
He was recognized for his efforts in support of federal, state, and local law enforcement in their battle against drugs.
There are 17 counties in West Virginia that are part of HIDTA, a joint effort from police agencies.
Officials say last year HIDTA took nearly $15 billion worth of drugs off the street.
“Bad guys are always adapting,” says U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, “And if we don't adapt in return then we're guaranteed to fail.”
Rahall thanked those in attendance, but says it’s about the guys out doing the hard work.
“God bless our law enforcement officers. They're the ones on the front line protecting our homeland security.”
There are currently 28 HIDTAs which include about 16 percent of counties in the United States.