CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The drug task force with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department now has an officer who will better organize drug enforcement activity throughout the county, the sheriff said.
An intelligence analyst with the National Guard Counter Drug Program began working with the department last month, Sheriff Steve Deweese said.
Todd Lowe, who also is a St. Albans police officer and a former member of the Metro Drug Enforcement Network Team in Kanawha County, began working Jan. 1 in Putnam County.
"I'll be able to take different aspects of a case and try to help build it to find out information," Lowe said.
The National Guard Counter Drug Program provides military support for local, state and federal law enforcement, according to its website.
"The military has some specialized assets to use on cases which can help [Putnam] out," Lowe said.
That includes "night vision goggles [and] high-tech cameras," which could be a way to "take pictures of a suspect or a site where someone was dealing drugs."
Lowe's job will be to take collected intelligence from around the county and put it together to see an overview of drug activity at different residences and on different streets, according to Deweese.
"Also, he'll put together all of the documents from a crime scene to be used for court documents in the future," Deweese said.