Allen County added to White House’s high intensity drug trafficking program

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ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – Allen County has been added to a national program run by the White House to address drug trafficking.

Tuesday, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced it was adding 13 counties across 12 states to its existing High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, including Allen County.

Designation of these areas will facilitate coordination among Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement partners focused on disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations.

Allen County law enforcement will get significant money to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations. FWPD Narcotics Captain Kevin Hunter will use the funds to create a task force, get new equipment, and pay his officers for more overtime.

ONDCP Director Jim Carroll recently visited Indiana. He wants to help those that are addicted to drugs in Allen County, and knows taking down those that sell them is a key part of the solution.

“We’re talking about people that are strictly in it for money,” he said. “Their addiction is to money. Their addiction is to greed and they’re preying on people that we’re trying to get into treatment, that we’re trying to help and those are the people we’re going to use this designation as in Allen County to go after these traffickers.”

In 2018, HIDTA Program initiatives included dismantling nearly 3,000 drug trafficking organizations, removing $16.5 billion in wholesale value of drugs from the street, and making nearly 99,000 arrests.

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