Federal officials have added Bucks County to a program to up the ante against illegal drug trafficking. The national High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program is reserved for places hit especially hard by the drug crisis.
Bucks District Attorney Matt Weintraub spearheaded the effort to earn the county’s inclusion. Bucks joins 13 other countries across 12 states in the HIDTA.
“I am incredibly grateful Bucks County has received the HIDTA designation,” said District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub. “This will serve as a force multiplier of funding, technology and manpower in our focus against the scourge of illegal drugs plaguing our community.”
This new designation will allow Bucks to cooperate further with federal law enforcement and have greater access to resources. Weintraub’s office says it will continue to focus on prosecuting distributors and treating the drug user.
Weintraub thanked Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and both Pennsylvania senators, Pat Toomey and Bob Casey, among other officials. HIDTA is a program created and managed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.