Southwest Border HIDTA – New Mexico Region – Region 1 Task Force dismantled a DTO that trafficked large quantities of heroin in the southwestern United States. This task force dismantled an organization that used proceeds from multi-pound heroin sales to purchase local businesses that were then used to launder drug proceeds. Spin-off investigations conducted by the IRS and DEA are ongoing.
New England HIDTA – The Southern New Hampshire HIDTA Task Force targeted, disrupted, and dismantled the largest regional drug trafficking organization transporting, processing, and distributing multi-kilogram quantities of heroin and fentanyl in the region.
Naloxone Distribution - Multiple regional HIDTAs, including Appalachia, New England, Northwest, and Oregon-Idaho fund efforts to expand the use of naloxone by equipping law enforcement officers to carry this opioid reversal drug.
No More NAS - In 2014, the Appalachia HIDTA launched its No More NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome) program. This partnership includes the HIDTA, the Knoxville Police Department, the Metropolitan Drug Commission, the Born Drug Free Tennessee campaign, Cherokee Health Systems, and the University of Tennessee College of Nursing. They are training local obstetrical and gynecological providers in eastern Tennessee to screen women of childbearing age for substance use by employing evidence-based screening tools. These screenings afford at-risk women an opportunity to receive counseling and access to treatment
Snohomish County Opiate Project - The Project counters the alarming increase in opiate availability, use, and addiction in the county by providing training to law enforcement officers in the use of the naloxone overdose prevention kits and distributing the kits to law enforcement agencies and others across Snohomish County.
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National HIDTA Program
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas
• Shannon Kelly, MA, Deputy Director, National HIDTA
Program, Office of National Drug Control Policy
• James F. Bohn, JD, Director, Wisconsin HIDTA
• Jack Killorin, Director, Atlanta-Carolinas HIDTA
Moderator: Sarah T. Melton, PharmD, Associate Professor of
Pharmacy Practice, Gatton College of Pharmacy, East Tennessee
1. Explain the HIDTA program.
2. Identify potential areas for collaboration in
drug-trafficking responses in various regions
of the country.
3. Describe innovative HIDTA operations and
High Intensity Drug Trafficking
March 30, 2016
Office of National Drug Control Policy
• Part of the Executive Office of the President
• Coordinates drug-control activities and related funding across the
• Produces the annual National Drug Control Strategy
• Administers two national grant programs: High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and Drug-Free Communities
• Provides assistance to Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies
in critical drug trafficking regions of the United States.
• Fiscal Year 2016 funding level of $250 million.
• 28 regional HIDTAs in 48 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and
• Achieves its purpose by:
– Facilitates cooperation among Federal, state, local, and tribal law
enforcement to share intelligence and implement enforcement activities.
– Supports coordinated law enforcement strategies to reduce the supply of
illegal drugs in the United States.
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas
(HIDTA) Program and Purpose
• The HIDTA program is not an agency: it is a partnership
of Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies
• Each HIDTA program has an executive board that:
– Has an equal number of Federal, state, and local members
– Has discretion to decide what is funded and where funds are
– Identifies regional and local threats
– Develops a strategy to address threats
– Requests funding for HIDTA initiatives to implement the
– Measures and reports performance
– Hires a HIDTA director to administer HIDTA functions
HIDTA Program Structure
– Area is a significant center of illegal drug production,
manufacturing, importation, or distribution;
– State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies have
committed resources to respond to drug trafficking in the
area, this indicates willingness to address the issue;
– Drug-related activities in the area have a significant harmful
impact in the area and in other areas of the country; and
– Federal resources are necessary to respond adequately to drug
related activities in the area.
Criteria for HIDTA Designation
HIDTA Program Accomplishments
In 2015, the HIDTA Program:
• 2,500 drug trafficking or money laundering organizations disrupted
• $18.6 billion (wholesale) removed from the marketplace .
• 36,000 fugitives apprehended.
• 31,000 leads provided to law enforcement agencies across the
• 98,000 officers, agents, analysts, and support staff trained on drug-
HIDTA Program Participants
The HIDTA Program brings together:
• 737 initiatives in 28 regional programs
• 7,400 Federal agents and analysts
• 15,700 state, local, and tribal officers, analysts, and other
• 500 agencies, including public health agencies to coordinate and
collaborate with HIDTA task forces
• 59 intelligence and investigative support centers/information sharing
The HIDTA Program employs a three-pronged approach to
address the trafficking and use of heroin and other opioids:
– Law enforcement initiatives and task forces that target the
diversion and trafficking of heroin, fentanyl and other opioids
– Public health and prevention efforts to reduce heroin and
nonmedical opioid use and its consequences
– HIDTA-sponsored law enforcement training courses that
address heroin and other opioid trafficking
HIDTA Program Efforts to Address the
Nation’s Heroin & Opioid Epidemic
HIDTA Law Enforcement Efforts
• Targeting large-scale heroin trafficking – Southwest Border
HIDTA – New Mexico Region
• Dismantling a heroin- and fentanyl-trafficking organization –
New England HIDTA
• Dismantling a multi-state oxycodone trafficking organization –
• Dismantling a Dilaudid-trafficking organization – Gulf Coast
HIDTA Public Health & Prevention Efforts
• Naloxone use by law enforcement officers – Multiple regional
• No More NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome) Initiative –
• Snohomish County Opiate Project – Northwest HIDTA
• Heroin: Not Even Once Initiative – Midwest HIDTA
• SCOPE of Pain Initiative – New England HIDTA
• Safe & Sound Initiative – Wisconsin HIDTA
HIDTA Training Efforts
Each year, regional HIDTA programs sponsor training courses that
address the diversion and use of heroin and other opioids.
• HIDTA Heroin Symposium – Philadelphia/Camden HIDTA
• Meeting the Opiate Challenge – Wisconsin HIDTA
• Investigating Heroin-Trafficking Organizations – Ohio HIDTA
• Investigating Prescription Drug Crimes – New England HIDTA
• Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations and Heroin Awareness
for Law Enforcement – Los Angeles HIDTA
HIDTA Heroin Response Strategy
• ONDCP has committed $2.5 million in HIDTA funds to develop a
strategy to respond to the Nation’s heroin epidemic.
• Three main goals:
– Enhance the Drug Intelligence Officer Network
– Foster critical public health-public safety partnerships through a
State of the Region Symposium
– Educate and raise awareness through an online initiative and
further prevention efforts in collaboration with the Partnership
for Drug-Free Kids
Michael K. Gottlieb
Director, National HIDTA Program
Assistant Deputy Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy
Deputy Director, National HIDTA Program