The Crawford County Prosecutor's office now has additional help in handling drug cases and will work to develop a two-county approach in an effort to put more drug offenders behind bars.
Kurt Leinenbach will work with both Crawford and Perry counties as a deputy prosecutor specializing in drug cases. Leinenbach, whose resumé includes work as a deputy prosecutor for Marion, Dubois and Oranges counties during the last decade, will use his experience to help both counties facilitate collaboration and coordination in drug investigations among police agencies in the counties, as well as to prosecute the drug offenders in both jurisdictions.
Crawford County Prosecutor Cheryl Hillenburg and Perry County Prosecutor Rod Acchiardo worked together to secure a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute that would provide funding for the Crawford/Perry Joint Drug Prosecution Program. The program funds one position — project director/deputy prosecuting attorney — and Leinenbach came highly recommended for the job due to his experience in dealing with narcotics addiction, distribution and abuse.
"Kurt was well-known by the Perry County prosecutor," Hillenburg said. "He recommended Kurt for the position, and I concurred. He had a wealth of experience in the area of drug prosecutions and was a good choice.
"We knew that, if we collaborated with other counties, it would increase our chances of prosecuting more drug crimes. Drug cases often involve multiple counties, and offenders in one county are often involved in drug offenses across county lines. I believe the two-county approach will have a major impact."
The Crawford County Prosecutor's office can be contacted at 338-3522. The Perry County Prosecutor's office can be reached at 1-812-547-2750.
Anyone with information on drug offenses in either county also can contact the WeTiP phone tip line at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463). Callers can remain anonymous.