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5 N.C. Counties Designated 'High Intensity' Areas for Drugs

Posted February 21, 2008
Updated February 22, 2008

— Five counties in North Carolina are among the 26 across the nation designated as high intensity drug trafficking areas, the federal government said Thursday.

According to a report issued by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Durham, Johnston, Wake, Wayne and Wilson are among the regions that "exhibit serious drug-trafficking problems and harmfully impact other areas of the country."

The designation makes additional federal funds, equipment and technology available to those counties for fighting drug production, manufacture and distribution.

"No state can properly deal with this by themselves," Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said. "They need to work together with the federal government, and we appreciate the help that they're providing."

The bulk of the funding, which is still undetermined, will be used locally to pay the overtime costs of officers working on long-term drug investigations.

The five North Carolina counties are the first in the state to receive this designation and will be part of the Atlanta region's HIDTA.

In 2007, the HIDTA program provided more than $224 million to support drug-enforcement efforts nationwide.


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  • iamforjustice Feb 22, 2008

    I agree with The Admiral. You are so correct.

  • 1crazygirl Feb 22, 2008

    I think if you are caught dealing or trafficing drugs, your hands should be cut off right below the elbow. Bet we would have alot less drugs.

  • TheAdmiral Feb 22, 2008

    That is amazing! Those counties are picked out also have the highest population of politicians!


  • wattsun Feb 22, 2008

    Since I cannot find any strong data backing this claim.
    A more likely scenario to this is that there is not a HIDTA location between DC and Atl and they are trying to justify adding a new office in this area.
    Look at the location map for yourself.
    More taxpayer waste on a phony war the goverment cannot or is not willing to win.
    welcome to the NWO!

  • Timbo Feb 22, 2008

    Just Step 1 for further infringement of our rights....

  • TheDecider Feb 21, 2008

    Once we rid our counties from the scourge of drugs ob/gyns will be free to practice their love on patients again. What a waste of time and money, just pitsing away more tax dollars.

  • whatusay Feb 21, 2008

    If Robeson, Cumberland, and Mecklenburg counties are not on the list then this report is flawed. Something does not add up here.

  • faithwalker48 Feb 21, 2008

    How in the world did Harnett County NOT make this list! The Meth problem here is terrible!

  • NCTeacher Feb 21, 2008

    I want to see a full report before I make any judgements on this. I want to know where all of the numbers came from, what all counties they studied and how they came up with the numbers (not just a vague description either)

  • jetset Feb 21, 2008

    twc---I am with you. Hopefully, we can get extra money, ie, more police,etc to help fight the drug war.