WASHINGTON >> Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) recently announced in a press release that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has designated Trinity County as another High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
“Adding Trinity County to the HIDTA program will help the most rural part of my district fight back against the overwhelming problem of large-scale, environmentally destructive marijuana grows,” said Huffman. “The resources the federal government brings to the table can assist overburdened local law enforcement to meet the challenges of dealing with the worst offenders who harm our communities and our streams and wildlife.”
Created by Congress in 1988, the HIDTA program serves as a catalyst for coordination among federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug trafficking regions of the United States. Law enforcement organizations working within HIDTAs assess drug-trafficking problems and design specific initiatives to decrease the production, transportation, distribution, and chronic use of drugs and money laundering. There are currently 28 HIDTAs located in 46 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.
Trinity County will join other Northern California counties including Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma as part of the HIDTA program.