HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The acting director of National Drug Control Policy has now seen some of the steps Huntington is taking to fight drug, property and violent crime.

Michael Botticelli toured parts of Huntington earlier this week with 3rd District Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams.

The focus of the Wednesday tour was on the River to Rail Initiative which launched in 2012 and is aimed at eliminating drug activity in the Central City area of Huntington’s West End. Most of the drugs flowing through there, Huntington Police have said, come from Columbus, Oh. and Detroit, Mich.

Williams said his city is looking for assistance from the federal government with those targeted efforts.

“We’re doing everything we can to help ourselves — hiring police officers, working in the neighborhoods with churches and everything,” Williams said. “If the Lord’s going to help those who help themselves, why can’t the federal government help us too?”

He said Huntington had success with a federal partnership for the Weed and Seed Program from 2008 to 2010.  It was focused on the Fairfield area where open air drug markets and crack cocaine dominated. The idea was to “weed out” drugs and crime and “plant seeds” of community action.

According to Huntington Police, those steps lead to a 35 percent decrease in drug offenses and a 28 percent decline in violent crime.

Williams said the same kinds of results are possible on the West End. “You can’t arrest your way out of the problem,” he said from Bridgeport Thursday where he was attending the 45th Annual West Virginia Municipal League Conference.

During his visit to Huntington, Botticelli also visited the Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Healing Place Rehabilitation Facility.

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Comments

  • Kid Rocke

    Forget to take your meds today, Gary? Guys like you certainly don't help the "dumb liberal" image.

  • Gary Karstens

    Thank you Mr. Botticelli! Federal dollars are certainly working well in Huntington. It would help further if we could ban ownership of these instruments of death!!!!!! Nick Rahall got us Pullman Square. Jenkins will just give everybody an instrument of death. YEESH!

  • Dumb Liberals

    Did the m0r0n's czar of dope bring the liberal message of smoke grass and do coke, like his boss does?

  • grey4449

    THINGS ARE JUST GOING TO GET WORSE. PEOPLE NEED TO VOTE REPUBLICAN. VOTE FOR JENKINS, EVERYONE KNOWS RAHALL VOTED TO LOWER CARBON EMISSION AND KILL COAL. HE ALSO VOTED FOR OBAMACARE. EVERYONE NEEDS TO VOTE FOR CAPITO UNLESS YOU WANT TO KEEP OBAMA AND HARRY REID IN CONTROL. ITS NOT ABOUT PARTY ITS ABOUT SAVING AMERICAN.

  • Chester

    Where is our governor in all of this? Nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, every major and minor city in the state is under siege with drugs, theft, burglaries, etc. No leadership!!!

  • Chester

    Where is our governor in the war against drugs? Nowhere to be found!!!

    • Dumb Liberals

      Cousin Earl Ray (d) is at his family reunion poppin' pills with his drug dealing brother. Tough to take a tough stance against drugs when it's the family business. Gotta love those liberal demos.

    • Have Coke and a smile

      he's snorting a few lines with his bro.