High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area H.I.D.T.A
The Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) was established in December of 1996. It is one of thirty-three (33) such designated areas in the United States. Now, comprising the six (6) Midwestern States of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota, it is one of the largest HIDTAs in the country.
The purpose of the Midwest HIDTA's program is to encourage cooperative, joint, multi-jurisdictional anti-drug efforts at task force, state, regional and national levels. In the Midwest HIDTA this effort was initially exclusively directed at the manufacture, importation and distribution of methamphetamine. In September of 2000, the Midwest HIDTA Executive Committee voted to maintain a methamphetamine focus, but allow for the utilization of HIDTA resources, with approval, to meet the threat posed by other drugs on a case-by-case basis. Midwest HIDTA works at achieving its anti-drug mission through facilitating the coordinated efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement. In addition to providing resources to law enforcement efforts, Midwest HIDTA also enhances the resources and capabilities of forensic laboratories, along with prosecution and demand reduction efforts throughout the state and region.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau, and the Division of Drug and Crime Control within it, are active in all facets of Midwest HIDTA Programs. In fact the Patrol was active in the planning, formation and implementation of the HIDTA program in the Midwest and Missouri.