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Anti-Drug Trafficking Program Coordinated By Feds Expands Coverage In Houston Region

It will receive anonymous tips about illegal activity occurring in Fort Bend, Walker and Wharton counties and provide information about treatment options.

 

The launch of the new websites, including the one that will cover Fort Bend County, will be complemented by a public information campaign through billboards donated by Clear Channel Outdoor.
The launch of the new websites, including the one that will cover Fort Bend County, will be complemented by a public information campaign through billboards donated by Clear Channel Outdoor.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, commonly known as HIDTA, is managed through the Office of National Drug Control Policy. It now has three new websites in the greater Houston area that will receive information about drug trafficking activity occurring in Fort Bend, Walker and Wharton counties.

Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae says citizens are usually afraid to report this kind of information for fear of retaliation, but he thinks the websites can help to change that.

“This is going to provide a perfect opportunity for those citizens to provide that information totally anonymously and it will then go to the appropriate law enforcement agency to be followed up on,” McRae said at a news conference to announce the launch of the new websites that was held at the Rosenberg Civic Center, in Fort Bend County.

The information gathered through the websites is shared at the local, state and federal level.

The three new websites join six that were launched last year to cover the city of Houston, as well as other jurisdictions like the City of Pasadena and Montgomery County.

Officials say the websites have received almost 2,000 anonymous tips since their launch in September of 2015.

The websites will also provide information about treatment options.

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz is originally from Madrid (Spain). He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all platforms of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree...

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