U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has written a letter asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to establish two Ohio-based tactical diversion squads to help the state crack down on “pill mills” and prescription drug-related crimes.

According to the Justice Department, tactical diversion squads combine Drug Enforcement Agency resources with those of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in what they say is an innovative effort to investigate, disrupt and dismantle those suspected of violating drug laws.

At a hearing two weeks ago of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related agencies, Brown said he urged Holder to work with Ohio’s law enforcement agencies to establish tactical diversion squads in the state.

Brown, a Democrat, said tactical diversion squads are federal and state partnerships that devote additional resources to cracking down on drug diversion activities and what he called illegal “pill mills.”

Brown said while there are currently 37 operational tactical diversion squads nationwide, none are based in Ohio.

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