WASHINGTON (AP) _ The government is making $305 million available to fight drugs and crime in public housing nationwide, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said Thursday.

``We will fight drug abuse with prevention and treatment programs and with a crackdown on drug dealers and other criminals,'' HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo said.

The largest share of the drug-elimination grants, $280.6 million, will be divided among 749 public housing authorities coast to coast. The rest goes to American Indian tribes and privately owned housing developments that receive aid from the department.

States receiving the largest drug-fighting grants are New York, $44 million; Pennsylvania, $18 million; California, $16 million; Illinois, $16 million; Ohio, $16 million; New Jersey, $15 million; Florida, $15 million; Georgia, $14 million; Texas, $13 million; North Carolina, $12 million; Massachusetts, $11 million; and Alabama, $10 million.