March 4, 2021 - The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program (HIDTA) is a drug-prohibition enforcement program run by the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy. The HIDTA program, created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, provides assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States. The goal of HIDTA is to support initiatives designed to implement the strategies proposed by the Executive Board of the Indiana HIDTA and approved by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
In 2019, Allen County applied to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program to become part of the Indiana HIDTA program. Local authorities had the support of local law enforcement as well as our federal law enforcement partners (FBI, DEA, BATF, USMS). In February 2020, the Allen County HIDTA program was accepted into the Indiana HIDTA program and initially awarded $290,000 to further law enforcement operations to disrupt drug trafficking in our area. Allen County is one of six counties in Indiana that are a part of the HIDTA program.
Indiana HIDTA helped fund the FWPD/HIDTA Investigative Operations Center, which will help with future emergency operations or other public safety situations that need operational awareness in a high-tech setting. Indiana HIDTA provided $110,000 toward the investigative operations center, with the FWPD providing $41,000 of the remaining money needed to finish the project. Indiana HIDTA has also funded the Hope and Recovery Team in purchasing Narcan (Naloxone) for the prevention of opioid overdoses in our community.