High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas

"The ONDCP Director designates new HIDTAs in consultation with the Attorney General, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Homeland Security, heads of the National Drug Control Program agencies, and relevant State governors. Funding from HIDTA helps Federal, State, local and tribal law enforcement organizations invest in infrastructure, some operational requirements, and joint initiatives to dismantle and disrupt drug trafficking organizations. Funds are also used for demand reduction or prevention efforts and some limited drug treatment initiatives.
"There are currently 28 HIDTAs which include 17.2 percent of all counties in the United States and its territories and little over 60 percent of the population. HIDTA-designated counties are present in 48 States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia."


Office of National Drug Control Policy Open Government Plan (Washington, DC: Office of National Drug Control Policy, September 2016), p. 3.