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13. High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program.

In conjunction with Iowa's two U.S. Attorneys, the Iowa Attorney General's Office prosecutes cases under the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program. The Midwest HIDTA, designated in 1996, consists of counties in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

The proliferation of methamphetamine trafficking and clandestine manufacturing in the Midwest region has resulted in a dramatic increase in investigations and arrests at the federal, state and local levels. The increase in arrests and resulting criminal prosecutions have strained the resources of federal, state and local prosecutors. The Midwest HIDTA initiative is designed to enhance prosecutorial resources to ensure these methamphetamine cases are aggressively prosecuted at the federal or state level.

The mission of the Midwest HIDTA is to measurably reduce and disrupt the importation, distribution, and clandestine manufacturing of methamphetamine in the six- state region and other parts of the United States, thereby reducing the impact of illicit drugs and related violent criminal activity.

The initiatives of the Midwest HIDTA support the National Drug Control Strategy, which addresses the need to increase the safety of America's citizens by substantially reducing drug-related crime and violence.