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W.Va. drug task force chief gets national award

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston-area drug task force commander has received a national award.

The Charleston Daily Mail reported that Metro Drug Unit Lt. Chad Napier was named the 2012 National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area's top drug task force commander.

Napier was honored Thursday night at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. He's a 17-year veteran of the Charleston Police Department and has been the unit's commander since March 2009.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Napier is the state's first police officer to receive the honor, which is given annually by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program was created by Congress in 1988 and provides assistance to law enforcement in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions.


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