The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently designated Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
The designation came after a request from U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA).
The HIDTA program provides assistance to law enforcement agencies in areas considered critical drug-trafficking regions. When an area receives the HIDTA designation, it has access to additional federal resources to enhance coordination among federal, state, and local law enforcement officials and benefits from ongoing HIDTA initiatives.
“Every community in Pennsylvania struggles with drug abuse, whether it be fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamines, or cocaine,” Toomey said in an April letter to ONDCP Director James Carroll. “Westmoreland County, and western Pennsylvania in general, has proven to be a significant center of illegal drug trafficking and distribution. Greater access to federal resources through the HIDTA designation will help Westmoreland County law enforcement officials stem the tide. I am glad ONDCP made this designation and appreciate Director Carroll’s work to combat the scourge of drug abuse in Pennsylvania and across the country.”
The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 created ONDCP, which coordinates the drug-control activities and related funding of 16 federal departments and agencies.