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Agreement would allow HPD to work with ICE

By TRAVIS CRUM The Herald-Dispatch tcrum@heralddispatch.comMay 21, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial is asking City Council to approve a memorandum of understanding allowing officers to be reimbursed for drug trafficking investigations with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

If approved, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will reimburse each officer no more than $15,000 per year to conduct investigations into cross-border drug smuggling operations.

ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit falls under the Department of Homeland Security and investigates matters of human trafficking, illegal immigration, antiquity theft and gang activity, among other transnational criminal activities.

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