Acting U.S. Attorney Kaufman Announces HIDTA Designation for Erie County
Erie joins 4 other western PA counties in heightened effort to combat drug trafficking and reduce the supply of illegal drugs
PITTSBURGH (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today that Erie County has been officially designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. Erie joins four other western Pennsylvania counties – Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, and Westmoreland – in receiving dedicated federal resources to coordinate federal, state and local governments to fight drug trafficking and abuse.
“Through this designation, Erie County will receive critical resources and support to disrupt and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations operating in the county,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kaufman.
According to Acting U.S. Attorney Kaufman, Erie County has been used by drug traffickers as a waypoint for the large-scale distribution of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine into Erie and the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New York. Drug dealers exploit Erie’s easy access by train, bus and interstate highway to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Detroit, and Chicago by utilizing the county as a repackaging hub for further distribution of their product and to funnel drug proceeds back through the supply line.