High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program Law and Legal Definition

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program is a drug prohibition program that was established in the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy. The program was designed to reduce drug trafficking and drug production in the U.S. 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 needed to design effective enforcement strategies and operations; and supporting coordinated law enforcement strategies which maximize use of available resources to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in designated areas, and in the United States as a whole.

Pursuant to the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 and the ONDCP Reauthorization Act of 1998, the Director of The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) could designate areas within the U.S. which exhibit serious drug trafficking problems and harmfully impact other areas of the country as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. The HIDTA Program supplies additional federal resources to those areas to combat drug trafficking and its harmful consequences.