Media release no. 1: Today, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced it is adding 13 additional counties across 12 states to its existing High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program. Designation of these areas will facilitate coordination among federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners focused on disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations. Floyd was the only county in Georgia added to the designation. Expaned release
Media release no. 2: The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s announcement that Floyd County will be designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which will make more resources available for local law enforcement and local officials in their fight against drug trafficking and drug abuse, according to U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga.
This designation means that Floyd County will be eligible for resources that local law enforcement is often unable to provide on its own. With these extra resources, there can be more collaboration around intelligence sharing and specialized training aimed to crack down on drug activity in our community.
Funding for the ONDCP is approved through the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, of which Graves is the Republican leader. Last year, as Chairman of the Subcommittee, $417 million was provided for ONDCP in the annual funding bill. Within this amount, the bill provided $280 million for HIDTAs and $118 million for other federal drug control programs.
“By coordinating with federal officials to crack down on drug abuse and trafficking, we can save lives and keep Floyd County families safe. Drug abuse does not discriminate and it’s important that we have ‘all hands on deck’ to combat this threat. I thank President Trump and ONDCP Director Jim Carroll for their leadership and assistance in this effort to keep our community safe from dangerous drug activity,” said Graves.