Office of National Drug Control Policy

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas 

Office of National Drug Control Policy

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas

HIDTAprogram
1,307Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces investigation cases 79,380Officer, agent, analysts, and support staff trained by HIDTA on drug related subjects. 99,476Arrests 21,300+Federal agents, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers, analysts, and support personnel took part in 846 HIDTA initiatives 67% Of the U.S. population are included in a designated high intensity trafficking area (HIDTA)19.6% Of U.S. counties are also included in designated HIDTAs HIDTA initiatives have been in the forefront in the fight to eliminate the production of synthetic drugs 241 “Super labs” Capable of producing more than 10 pounds of meth in a single “cook” were also dismantled by HIDTA With the increasing availability of Mexican produced metham-phetamine, the number of labs operating in the United States has declined sharply 21 Synthetic drug production labs dismantled by HIDTA These labs were manufacturing fentanyl (8), DMT (6), MDMA (2), Steroids (2), and GHB, PCP, and synthetic cannabinoids (1 each) The dismantled fentanyl labs were capable of producing almost 5 kilograms in a single production runHIDTA initiatives also dismantled 220 conversion labs That were transforming cannabis to 'honey oil," "wax, “or hashish and powder methamphetamine to crystal methamphetamine (21). These conversion labs had the capacity to produce more than 343 kilograms of enhanced cannabis products in one procedureMore than 1.2 million piecesOf case information was compared looking for connections between cases4,052 Law enforcement agencies participated in the HIDTA event deconfliction systems in 2018 306,000HIDTA deconfliction systems performed. These events can alert agencies when their tactical operations are occurring in the same general location and time-frame as operations by other agencies HIDTA-funded prosecutors indicted 13,274 individuals, prosecuted 16,505 persons, and obtained 10,128 convictions in 2018 25,734Investigations provided with analytics supported by HIDTA analysts 96% Positive results from follow-up surveys about HIDTA training 21,427Removed firearms associated with criminal organizations 2,936Disrupted or dismantled drug trafficking or money laundering organizations58% of the DTOs/MLOs were part of an international or multi-state operation ROI: $63.47 for every HIDTA $1This equation is based off the combined value of the illegal drugs seized and the cash and assets taken from traffickers *budgeted in 2018, excluding funding for treatment and prevention $16.2Billion wholesale value of illicit drugs removed from the marketplace $6.7 Billion in cash seizures alone since 2010 7,954Investigated drug trafficking and money laundering organizations 556,000 Dosage units of prescription narcotics 289,119 Units of fentanyl2 TonsFentanyl powder7.4 TonsHeroin HIDTA Works The goals of the HIDTA program are to:● Disrupt the market for illegal drugs by dismantling and disrupting drug trafficking and/or money laundering organizations; and● Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of HIDTA initiatives HIDTA Purpose: Help reduce drug use & its adverse consequences. The 29 HIDTAs coordinate federal, state and local anti-drug abuse efforts from a local, regional and national perspective leveraging resources at all levels in a true partnership. Every year HIDTAs identify the most current threat, develop a strategy to address the threat and evaluate the results. This procedure allows HIDTAs the flexibility to adjust in a timely manner to redirect resources to have the greatest impact in an effective and efficient manner.ORS: HIDTA's Overdose Response Strategy has created strong partnerships with public health and public safety organizations to address the heroin/opioid epidemic.OD MAP: OD Map is another innovative tool developed by HIDTA to address real time statistics addressing the drug epidemic. 51,340Apprehended fugitives involved with drug traffick- ing, violent crimes and gangs, other major crimes 70%Of those participants were from state, local, or tribal agencies 98% Of agents and officers that were surveyed, reported that HIDTA assistance was useful