Putnam County Executive
July 30, 2014
Following Major Heroin Bust, Maloney Urges More Law Enforcement Resources to Hudson Valley
White House Should Expedite Approval of Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland HIDTA Application
20% of All Heroin Seized Comes From New York
Newburgh, NY – After the second successful heroin bust by FBI Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force in Orange County, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) urged expedited approval of Dutchess and Putnam Counties in the NY/NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) in order to bring additional local, state and federal law enforcement resources critical to combating drug trafficking in the Hudson Valley. Earlier this month, Maloney wrote to the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske in support of the HIDTA application submitted on behalf of Dutchess, Putnam and Rockland counties.
“I’m calling for all-hands-on-deck. Designating the Hudson Valley as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area enables our local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to partner together and ensures our law enforcement officials who are working every day to get drugs off our streets have the federal and state resources they need to combat drug trafficking in our communities,” said Rep. Maloney.
County Executive MaryEllen Odell favors the HIDTA designation for Putnam.
“The more we can do to get these killer drugs off our streets, the better. And the sooner, the better. We have lost far too many young people to heroin of late and it is tearing Putnam families apart. I fully support any legislation passed by Congress that will expedite High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area designation approval for Putnam,” said Odell.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has reported that nearly 20% of all heroin seized by authorities has come from New York, a major distribution hub for drug trafficking nationwide. The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program was created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 to provide resources and facilitate cooperation and intelligence sharing among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that operate in areas determined by the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy as critical drug-trafficking regions. The HIDTA program funds 681 programs across the country, including Westchester and Orange Counties, as part of the NY/NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.