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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. The HIDTA program is overseen by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), within the Executive Office of the President.  The purpose of the 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.

Click here to learn more about the national HIDTA program.

The Central Valley California (CVC) HIDTA was officially designated in 1999 and currently includes the following counties:

 Fresno     San Joaquin
 Kern    Shasta
 Kings    Siskiyou
 Madera    Stanislaus
 Merced    Trinity
 Sacramento    Tulare

Approximately 120 personnel from more than 40 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies staff 17 investigative, intelligence and support initiatives that combat the drug trafficking threat within the region.


Federal Agencies

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
U.S. Attorney's Office
Bureau of Land Management

U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Homeland Security Investigations
Internal Revenue Service
U.S. Marshals Service

U.S. National Park Service
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

 State Agencies

California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Highway Patrol

California Department of Justice
California National Guard

County Agencies

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office
Fresno County Sheriff's Office
Kern County Sheriff's Office

Kings County Sheriff's Office
Madera County Sheriff's Office
Merced County Sheriff's Department

Merced County District Attorney
Placer County Sheriff's Office
Placer County District Attorney

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office
Shasta County Sheriff's Office

Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department
Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
Stanislaus County District Attorney

Stanislaus County Probation
Trinity County Sheriff's Department
Tulare County Sheriff's Department

Municipal Agencies

 Atwater Police Department
Bakersfield Police Department
Ceres Police Department

Folsom Police Department
Fresno Police Department
Los Banos Police Department

Merced Police Department
Modesto Police Department
Redding Police Department

Sacramento Police Department
Selma Police Department
Tulare Police Department
Turlock Police Department

Other Partners

International Faith Based Coalition
Drug Training for Law Enforcement, Business and Healthcare
Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Integral Ecology Research Center
Community Alliances For Drug Free Youth
Focusing On Children Under Stress - Stanislaus County