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Broome County Designated High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Will Receive Resources

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By FOX 40 Staff.
Additional resources will be coming to Broome County to fight drugs after being designated a "High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area".

On Thursday, Senator Chuck Schumer announced that the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has designated Broome County a federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

This designation will provide Broome County with additional resources to fight drug related crime including improving coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as providing equipment, technology and other resources.

In 2015, Broome County was rated the fourth highest in meth lab seizures in all of New York State. Schumer said that he is pleased to hear ONDCP has agreed, after his urging, to designate Broome County as a HIDTA in order to curb this emerging threat.

“For too long, heroin use, fatal overdoses, and drug-related crimes have been on the rise, plaguing Upstate New York communities like those in Broome County. Broome deserves every federal resource possible to combat the growing scourge of drug trafficking, and that is why I went to bat for the county and called on the feds to designate Broome County a ‘High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area,’” said Schumer. “I’m pleased that the ONDCP has finally issued this designation, which will provide technical expertise, more law enforcement personnel and the additional resources needed to combat heroin use and tackle this challenge head-on.”

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston said, “We need an all hands on deck approach to combating the problem of drug abuse, and related crimes in our community and as County Executive, I have made this one of my top priorities. Broome County’s designation as a High Intensity Drug Traffic Area will be a tremendous resource to assist our dedicated members of law enforcement battle drug trafficking and abuse. I thank Senator Schumer for his efforts to help push for approval of this designation and appreciate his commitment to the people of the Southern Tier. I congratulate those members of law enforcement who worked hard to prepare our successful application and will continue to support their efforts to rid our community of drugs.”

Broome County Sherriff David Harder said, “The HIDTA designation will give the Broome County Sheriff’s Office access to increased resources and critical information in our continued efforts to combat heroin and other drugs. I thank the local law enforcement personnel and Senator Schumer who worked to make this designation a reality. We will use all the tools at our disposal in partnership with law enforcement at every level to keep Broome County safe.”