Mike McDaniel, Director of High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in Houston, describes during a White House press briefing, why the Federal Government is expanding it’s efforts in the war on illegal drugs.
The fact that we cannot arrest our way out of this problem is well recognized by law enforcement. But law enforcement is a part of the solution, and the emerging partnerships between public health and public safety have never been more important.
HIDTA is a DEA sponsored program so it goes without saying, views expressed by a Director of HIDTA reflect the views of the DEA. By admitting that law enforcement has been defeated in the war on drugs, attacking U.S. doctors has become a means of justifying the continued mission of the DEA. While there’s been good evidence backing DEA efforts to shut down pill mills, the DEA is not beyond reproach or a measure of error in every case.
HIDTA Mission Statement
The purpose of the HIDTA program is to reduce drug trafficking and production in the United States by:
- Facilitating cooperation among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to share information and implement coordinated enforcement activities;
- Enhancing law enforcement intelligence sharing among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies;
- Providing reliable law enforcement intelligence to law enforcement agencies to facilitate the design of effective enforcement strategies and operations; and
- Supporting coordinated law enforcement strategies that make the most of available resources to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in designated areas of the United States and in the Nation as a whole.
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To qualify for consideration as a HIDTA, an area must meet the following criteria:
- The 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 the drug trafficking problem in the area, thereby indicating a determination to respond aggressively to the problem;
- Drug-related activities in the area are having a significant harmful impact in the area and in other areas of the country; and
- A significant increase in allocation of Federal resources is necessary to respond adequately to drug related activities in the area.