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New drug task force commander appointed for 16th Judicial District

A new commander for the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force has been appointed.

The appointment of former Izard County Sheriff Jack Yancey was announced by C. Eric Hance, prosecuting attorney for the 16h Judicial District, in a press release.

Yancey brings many years of law enforcement experience to the job having served seven terms as Izard County Sheriff as well as five years with the Arkansas Department of Corrections as assistant warden. Yancey is a graduate of Arkansas State University, Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy, National Sheriffs Institute and the FBI National Academy, the release notes.

The primary mission of the Drug Task Force is to combat the illicit manufacturing, distribution and use of controlled substances by combining the resources of all law enforcement agencies in the judicial district, consisting of Independence, Cleburne, Stone, Izard, and Fulton counties, according to the release.

Yancey stated that he wanted to continue the aggressive drug enforcement efforts of the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force as well as working with the medical community, educators, and substance abuse experts to share resources and develop prevention programs for the district.

Jack Yancey.jpgFormer Izard County Sheriff Jack Yancey has been appointed to commander of the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force. / Image submitted

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