The last state not to be covered as part of a designated High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) has now come on board, with Tuesday's announcement that the areas surrounding Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, Alaska are the first new regional HIDTA since 2001.
The announcement by Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) deputy director James Carroll states that this region now will be eligible for federal resources to assist with interagency coordination to combat the production, transportation and distribution of drugs.
Under the HIDTA program, established in 1988, law enforcement officers design drug-fighting initiatives, with demand reduction efforts often included as part of the agenda. There are now 29 designated HIDTA regions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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