High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program
The Southwest Border High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area is a partnership of five regions along the Southwest Border. It includes New Mexico, West Texas, South Texas, Arizona, and the California Alliance Border Group (CBAG) which is the southern part of California. The partnership's mission is to develop a synchronized system that involves the coordination of drug intelligence, interdiction, investigation, and prosecution, thereby reducing the impact of illicit drugs in each of the regions and other areas of the country.
The New Mexico Region commonly referred to as ‘New Mexico HIDTA’, consists of 16 HIDTA designated counties, and was established in 1990. The New Mexico Region shares approximately 180 miles of international border with Mexico. The Region’s proximity to Mexico, it’s topography along the 180-mile international border, and its transportation infrastructure make it a principal drug smuggling area, as well as a transshipment and distribution center for illicit drugs. New Mexico is a transportation and transshipment corridor not only for illicit drugs but also bulk cash shipments and weapons using the state’s highway system, which includes the use of secondary roads, to destinations throughout the United States.
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety is a participating member of New Mexico HIDTA via the interdiction and investigative efforts of the New Mexico State Police, as well as the NMDPS Forensic Laboratory’s supportive forensic services for drug analyses on suspected controlled substances that are seized throughout the HIDTA areas of New Mexico. In addition, the laboratory in Santa Fe provides latent print processing and comparisons on controlled substance cases as requested by HIDTA initiatives. These services directly impact the investigation and prosecution of multi-state and local drug trafficking.
GRANT MANAGER: Adele Lucero
Phone: (505) 827-9117