High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas or HIDTA’s are regions designated by the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States, that have critical drug trafficking problems that adversely impact the United States. The HIDTA Program functions as a coordination umbrella for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the most critical drug trafficking areas of the country.
The Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) was established in December of 1996. It is one of twenty-eight High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) in the United States. The Midwest HIDTA region consists of 72 counties in the states of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Illinois, making it one of the largest HIDTAs in the country.