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Sheriff Stone receives Dogwood Award from state attorney general

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NASHVILLE — Nash County’s top law enforcement official has been recognized for dedication to keeping people safe, healthy and happy in their communities.

Sheriff Keith Stone accepted his 2020 Dogwood Award from N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein via Zoom last week.

Stone thanked Stein and all the other law enforcement officers across the United States for their continued efforts in stopping opioids from making into communities.

“It takes all of us together, working from the hospitals to the health programs to the AG’s office to the courts working together to do this,” Stone said. “But I appreciate this award and look forward to working with you.”

The opioid epidemic has torn families apart all over the state, Stein said.

“A key part of confronting this crisis is strong enforcement of our laws to hold accountable the dealers and traffickers who are responsible for addiction and death while also treating the disease of addiction,” Stein said. “I am proud to work alongside Sheriff Stone to fight the opioid epidemic and admire his work to arrest traffickers and put addiction treatment medication in the Nash County Jail.”

Under Stone’s leadership, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office has participated in federal and state partnerships to investigate and arrest drug dealers and traffickers.