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Chautauqua County Designated as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

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Washington, DC, September 29, 2014 | comments

Tom Reed announced the designation of Chautauqua County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). The designation will allow the county to receive Federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials. It also will allow local agencies to benefit from ongoing HIDTA coordinated initiatives working to reduce drug use and its consequences across the United States.

“Illegal drug production, manufacturing, importation and distribution are a significant problem in Chautauqua County,” Reed said. “By designating Chautauqua County as a HIDTA, we can ensure that the county will receive the resources and assistance it needs to help combat this serious problem. This is another we way we can care for those who are victims of illegal drug activity and potentially prevent some of our neighbors from becoming victims.”

“By designating these new cities and counties, we are enhancing the ability of Federal, state, and local authorities to coordinate drug enforcement operations and improve public health and safety,” said Botticelli, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).  “This is a critical component of the Obama Administration’s drug control strategy to bolster drug prevention efforts, expand access to treatment, and improve public health and safety through evidence-based approaches.”

For more information about the Office of National Drug Control Policy visit: www.whitehouse.gov/ONDCP

For information on the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program visit: www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/high-intensity-drug-trafficking-areas-program

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