Eau Claire receives federal designation to help fight drug trafficking, abuse

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MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – Eau Claire County has been designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.

With this designation, Eau Claire County will receive more resources to coordinate federal, state, and local governments’ efforts to fight drug trafficking and abuse.

“This designation will result in the expansion of law enforcement efforts to combat deadly drugs such as methamphetamine and heroin in northwest Wisconsin by providing critical federal support and funding to state and local agencies,” said U.S. Attorney Blader. “These additional resources will be used to disrupt the flow of drugs in northern Wisconsin and hold distribution networks accountable for the deaths and addictions they cause.”

“The Drug Enforcement Administration has been a long time partner with law enforcement agencies in Eau Claire County to fight the scourge of drug trafficking and the violence associated with it. This HIDTA designation will provide much needed support in our efforts to keep the communities in and around Eau Claire County safe from violent drug trafficking organizations,” said DEA Milwaukee District Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Paul E. Maxwell, Jr.

HIDTA program was created by Congress in 1988 and assists federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to address regional drug threats with the purpose of reducing drug trafficking and drug production in the United States.