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What is HIDTA?

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program (HIDTA) is an important component of the President's National Drug Control Strategy which provides additional federal resources to those areas to help eliminate or reduce drug trafficking and its harmful consequences. Law enforcement organizations within the 28 HIDTAs assess drug trafficking problems and design specific initiatives to reduce or eliminate the production, manufacture, transportation, distribution and chronic use of illegal drugs and money laundering. "reduce drug trafficking & related crime and violence."


Northern California Region

Currently the Northern California HIDTA comprises 13 Bay Area counties.  Approximately seven million people live in this region, which is both a major production and distribution center of illegal narcotics.


Smugglers use the three international airports serving over 58 million passengers annually to move illegal drugs and money. Three deepwater ports handle over 35,000 container shipments per month. Commercial vehicles have become an increasingly popular method of smuggling with the use of the many highway corridors leading into the bay area. Northern California has increasingly become the target of Mexican polydrug organizations.

NC HIDTA is composed of individual local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies within Alameda - Contra Costa - Humboldt - Lake - Marin - Mendocino - Monterey - San Benito - San Francisco - San Mateo - Santa Clara - Santa Cruz - Sonoma united in the common goal of reducing drug-related crime, violence, and abuse in our communities.


Resources & Initiatives to Confront Drug-Trafficking

HIDTA funds help federal, state and local law enforcement organizations invest in infrastructure and joint initiatives to confront drug-trafficking organizations.

NC HIDTA SealThe key priorities of the program are:

  • Assess regional drug threats;
  • Design strategies to focus efforts that combat drug trafficking threats;
  • Develop and fund initiatives to implement strategies; 
  • Facilitate coordination between federal, state and local efforts; to 
  • Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of drug control efforts to reduce or eliminate the harmful impact of drug trafficking.

Market Disruption

The global drug trade exacts a terrible toll on the American people, threatening their families, their finances, and their freedoms. The illicit drug trade also poses a serious threat to our national security due to its ability to destabilize and corrupt governments and to diminish public safety in regions vital to U.S. interests.

Prevention - Stopping Initiation

Comprehensive and balanced drug policies can reduce the scale of both drug use and drug markets. Demand and supply reduction activities, including evidence-based prevention and early intervention programs, have resulted in fewer first time illicit drug users, significant reductions in youth drug use, and an increased perception of the health and social consequences associated with drug use.

2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Prevention Summit

Experts and agency leaders converged in Atlanta during this year’s annual conference to discuss the latest Opioid trends, share prevention best practices, discuss treatment updates, and provide an outlook for the future.

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Treatment Reducing Drug Abuse and Addiction

Improving access to treatment and ensuring the quality of treatment services are important steps in helping Americans obtain the care they need to achieve and maintain recovery from substance abuse. 

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December 13-14, 2018; Thursday - Friday
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January 08, 2019 - Tuesday
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