The Ohio Valley Drug Task Force investigates drug and violent crimes in the Ohio Valley area. Originally started in 1989 with three officers from the Wheeling Police Department working part time on drug investigations, at that time it was called The Wheeling Drug Unit. In the mid 1990’s an Ohio County Sheriff's Deputy was added and the name was changed to The Wheeling-Ohio County Drug Unit. The task force has since evolved and now consists of three Wheeling Police Officers, one Ohio County Sheriff's Deputy, and one Trooper from the West Virginia State Police. The Ohio Valley Drug Task Force is housed in the Wheeling Drug Enforcement Administration Office where the task force and DEA work together and utilizes state of the art equipment to investigate drug crimes in the Ohio County Area.
Ohio County has been designated an Appalachia HIDTA County (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) which brings additional funding to the area. The task force also is a partner with JAG (Justice Assistance Grant) and has been for the past 25 years.
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