Local, state, and federal agencies will work under 1 roof to fight crime and drugs in Cleveland

Local, state, and federal agencies will work under 1 roof to fight crime and drugs in Cleveland
(Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Superheroes in the battle against crime and drugs are joining forces.

We can tell you who will work behind the walls of this new building, but for security reasons, we can’t tell you where it is.

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman spoke about the importance of the new Drug fighting coalition.

It will bring together local, state, and federal under one roof to fight drug crime here in the Cleveland area.

It’s a team effort with the state and feds joining forces.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin detailed some sobering statistics on why this is so important.

In 2019, Ohio lost 4,000 residents to drug overdoses.

That’s an average of 11 per day.

“International Drug Cartels are operating right here in Northeast Ohio,” Martin said.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said this is a step in the right direction after the horror show of crime the country experienced last year.

“With this recent spike in violent crimes not just here but across the nation, you see behind me all the folks that are involved in this,” Williams said.

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