National Drug Control Strategy: The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program 2001 Annual Report   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The mission of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program is to enhance and coordinate America's drug-control efforts among local, state and Federal law enforcement agencies in order to eliminate or reduce drug trafficking and its harmful consequences in critical regions of the United States. The mission includes coordination efforts to reduce the production, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and chronic use of illegal drugs, as well as the attendant money laundering of drug proceeds. The HIDTA Program is an important component of the President's National Drug Control Strategy, predominantly addressing Goal Two-to 'Increase the safety of America's citizens by substantially reducing drug-related crime and violence'; Objective Two-to 'Improve the ability of the HIDTAs to counter drug trafficking.' The HIDTA Program advances the President's National Drug Control Strategy by providing a coordination umbrella for local, state, and Federal agencies to combine drug control efforts through an outcome-focused, strategy-driven approach, which is developed collectively by regional law enforcement agencies. Realizing that drug trafficking in certain areas of the United States affects other areas of the country, Congress established the HIDTA Program to operate under the direction of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 (P. L.100-690, November 18, 1988) and the ONDCP Reauthorization Act of 1998. The HIDTA Program provides Federal assistance to better coordinate and enhance counterdrug law enforcement efforts of local, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies in areas where major drug production, manufacturing, importation, or distribution flourish."

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