Jul 26 2001

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR GULF COAST HIGH-INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced $500,000 in funding for Gulf Coast High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). The funds will be used for HIDTA's ongoing efforts to combat drug trafficking in Alabama. The funding was included in the Senate Treasury and General Government Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2002. Included in the bill is approval of funding, secured by Sen. Shelby, for several other programs and projects to benefit Alabama.

Sen. Shelby said, "These funds will aid the Gulf Coast HIDTA in their ongoing efforts to combat drug trafficking in Alabama, as well as their efforts to dismantle drug trafficking organizations and reduce drug-related violent crimes."

Also included in the bill were funds for several other Alabama and national projects. The bill includes $11.29 million for the construction of Mobile's Courthouse Annex; $4 million for repairs and alterations to the Montgomery Federal Building and Courthouse; and $2.544 million to fully fund the Exploited Child Unit of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.