Eighth District U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Hermantown) on Tuesday announced that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will get nearly $1.2 million in federal funding to help enforce drug laws.

The grant, totaling $1,192,245, comes from the U.S. Department of Justice's 2019 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Anti-Heroin Task Force Program. In particular, the money will go toward stemming the distribution of heroin and prescription opioids, according to a news release from Stauber's office.

"As a former Duluth police officer, I know from firsthand experience that our law enforcement officers are doing everything in their power to combat the drug crisis ravaging our communities, but they need help," Stauber said in the release.

"This grant money will supplement the great work already being done by Minnesota's law enforcement officers, helping to drastically reduce the distribution and use of heroin and other illicit drugs."