Allegany County Approved to Participate in National Program to Combat Drug Trafficking
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Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) announced that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) approved the petition by Allegany County to become a part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program (HIDTA).
The HIDTA program was created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, providing additional assistance to critical drug-trafficking areas in the United States. The program facilitates resources and cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including reliable intelligence and coordinated law enforcement strategies.
“Allegany County has suffered from the opioid epidemic, and this news is a victory for local leaders who need increased federal support to fight this growing crisis,” said Congressman David Trone, member of the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking. “We need all the support we can get to combat drug trafficking in Western Maryland. I applaud Allegany County for their continued efforts to fight the addiction epidemic in the country.”
Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. In Congress, he founded the Freshmen Working Group on Addiction, a bipartisan group of 64 freshmen lawmakers dedicated to ending the addiction epidemic in the country. Trone has held multiple workshops about the crisis in Maryland and in December announced that his bill, which would provide $1.5 billion for five years to State Opioid Response Grants, passed through the House of Representatives. In May, Speaker Pelosi appointed him to the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking.