Source: Attorney General’s Press Office
Anthony Janutolo receives award for outstanding effort to combat drug trafficking
FRANKFORT, KY. Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced that an investigator in his office has been named the Appalachia HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force Officer of the Year for 2016.
Anthony Janutolo is a member of the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Criminal Investigations and assigned to the Appalachia HIDTA or AHIDTA Task Force in London.
Janutolo received the award in recognition of his significant investigative impact ability, dedication to the task force mission, professionalism, and strong ethics and integrity.
“Investigator Janutolo’s commitment to protecting Kentucky families is a true example of what makes the Office of the Attorney General a great success,” Beshear said. “His achievement is well-deserved, and I applaud his efforts to combat drug trafficking in the Appalachian region and across the United States.”
Out of approximately 350 federal, state and local AHIDTA officers, Janutolo received the Task Force Officer of the Year award. Vic Brown, the director of AHIDTA, presented the award at the AHIDTA Executive Board Meeting in February in Lexington.
Alan Lewis, who is a supervisor in the AG’s Department of Criminal Investigation and serves as the commander of the task force, said: “Investigator Janutolo is a tremendous asset to the Department of Criminal Investigations.”
The Appalachia HIDTA is comprised of numerous counties located within Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, and was designated in 1998.
Officers from the Kentucky State Police, Prestonsburg Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration and Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) represent the task force.
The overall mission of the Appalachia HIDTA is to measurably reduce the impact of regional marijuana production, trafficking, and distribution in the Appalachia region and other parts of the United States through multiagency collocated and co-mingled initiatives that attack, disrupt and dismantle the drug trafficking and money laundering organizations operating within the Appalachia HIDTA area.
One of the core missions of Beshear is to find workable solutions to the state’s ongoing drug epidemic, which he views as the greatest challenge facing Kentucky and bordering states. Beshear is working with the attorneys general in West Virginia and Ohio to find solutions to the drug crisis. Beshear is working as co-chair on the National Association of Attorneys General Substance Abuse Committee.