EVANSVILLE – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Director Chuck Porucznik announce the addition of Vanderburgh County to the Indiana HIDTA.
Created by Congress in 1988, the HIDTA task force program, which is under the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), creates a mechanism for coordination of federal, state, local and tribal resources to combat drug trafficking in designated regions of the country.
The HIDTA designation for Vanderburgh County will allow access to federal resources to combat drug distribution and increase enforcement efforts. Law enforcement agencies will now access drug trafficking issues and create Vanderburgh County specific initiatives that will laser focus on outcomes and performance. HIDTA provides unprecedented national connectivity to access drug threats and trends throughout the country.
“The HIDTA program in Indiana is another tool available to law enforcement for the purpose of reducing the terrible effects of illicit drugs on our Hoosier communities.” said Minkler. “Adding Vanderburgh County to the Indiana HIDTA, will aid law enforcement officers
in southern Indiana by helping to reduce drug distribution networks and other violent crimes associated with illicit drugs.”
HIDTA Director Chuck Porucznik said, “The addition of Vanderburgh County to the Indiana HIDTA allows 6 counties in the more populated areas of the state to gain focused attention and federal resources to reduce drug related activity and violence. The goal of the HIDTA program is simple, disrupt the market for illegal drugs by dismantling and disrupting drug trafficking and money laundering organizations through law enforcement coordination.”
Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Gannon said, “It is an honor for the DEA to oversee the HIDTA initiative for Vanderburgh County. The DEA is committed to working with their state, local and federal counterparts to utilize all available resources provided by the HIDTA to target and dismantle the most violent and dangerous drug trafficking and money laundering organizations in Vanderburgh County and the surrounding area.”