High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area interdiction reveals LSD, Psilocybin Mushrooms, Alprazolam

(Source: MCSO)

 

Martin County’s second HIDTA interdiction effort took place on a busy stretch of Highway 710 in Indiantown the first week of March. Forty-nine people were arrested over the two day operation, resulting in 36-felony, and 27-misdemeanor charges.

Law enforcement officers seized an array of drugs during the interdiction, including one gram of LSD, which amounts to 70 single doses. The operation concluded with the seizure of the following narcotics:

• Alprazolam 34 pills
• Adderall 1 pill
• MDMA 26 pills
• Oxycodone 2 pills 
• LSD 1g (70-doses) 
• Cocaine 6.8g
• Psilocybin Mushrooms 20.8g
• Cannabis 243g

Along with our federal and regional law enforcement partners, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office utilized our Special Investigations Division, including Narcotics Detectives, K-9 and Aviation Units, the newly formed Criminal Interdiction Team, Marine Unit, Warrants, Criminal Investigations Division, Uniform Road Patrol, Corrections Department and Dispatch.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, provides financial and manpower assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States.

From the DEA: 

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, provides assistance to Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States. This grant program is administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). There are currently 28 HIDTAs, which include approximately 18 percent of all counties in the United States and 66 percent of the U.S. population. HIDTA-designated counties are located in 49 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. The DEA plays a very active role and has nearly 600 authorized special agent positions dedicated to the program. At the local level, the HIDTAs are directed and guided by Executive Boards composed of an equal number of regional Federal and non-Federal (state, local, and tribal) law enforcement leaders. The 2016 HIDTA annual budget is $250 million.

The purpose of the HIDTA program is to reduce drug trafficking and production in the United States by:

  • Facilitating cooperation among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to share information and implement coordinated enforcement activities;
  • Enhancing law enforcement intelligence sharing among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies;
  • Providing reliable law enforcement intelligence to law enforcement agencies to facilitate the design of effective enforcement strategies and operations; and
  • Supporting coordinated law enforcement strategies that make the most of available resources to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in designated areas of the United States and in the Nation as a whole.

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