About New England HIDTA
Designated in 1999, the New
England HIDTA provides funding resources, facilitates and enhances coordination
of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in designated areas,
enabling them to combine and leverage resources and capabilities to carry out
activities to address the specific drug threats of those areas.
The distribution and abuse of heroin, controlled
prescription drugs (CPDs), cocaine and crack cocaine, and marijuana pose the
greatest drug threats to the New England HIDTA region. The New England HIDTA ISC assesses with high
confidence that heroin trafficking and consumption constitutes a high threat to
New England, due to its widespread availability, high incidence of addiction,
association to other criminal activities, and negative economic impact.
Treatment admission rates for overall admissions were
highest in the New England and Middle Atlantic (census) divisions. From 2001 through 2011, heroin treatment
admission rates were consistently highest in the same divisions. Furthermore, treatment admission rates for
opiates other than heroin were highest in the New England division.
Marijuana is the most readily available and widely abused
drug in New England, with user rates among the highest in the nation. With lenient marijuana laws, the adoption of
medical marijuana statutes in several states nationwide, and more sources of
supply, marijuana abuse will likely increase.
The total number of
traffickers and volume of product being sold has increased when compared with
previous years providing a possible catalyst for related property crime and
The New England HIDTA provides an agency-neutral program to balance regional law enforcement efforts, and coordinates a strategy to address the regional threat and national priorities. It continues to foster effective working relationships among six U.S. Attorneys' Offices, nine Federal law enforcement agencies, and scores of State and local law enforcement agencies. The 18-member New England HIDTA Executive Board approves the Strategy, as well as the Threat Assessment, budget, and initiatives. New England HIDTA task force initiatives are staffed with collocated Federal, State, and local law enforcement officers.
Each task force initiative has a stated mission, strategy, objectives, and performance targets. The New England HIDTA Executive Board, Operations Subcommittee, Intelligence Subcommittee, and Management and Coordination initiative coordinate the integration of all initiatives to ensure a unified effort in achieving goals and objectives.
The overall unifying goal among all agencies is to affect the disruption and dismantlement of drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Coordination and partnership with the OCDETF program are fostered, as are partnerships with non-HIDTA agencies and organizations.