A coalition of federal and regional law enforcement officials have designated Rockingham County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Rockingham County joins Hillsborough as a so-called “HIDTA” county.
While it may seem like an unwanted distinction, Jay Fallon, Director of the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, says it will actually bring additional federal funds and coordination between federal, state and local organizations
Certainly HIDTA has a law enforcement component, but we interact with treatment, intervention and educational professionals, that’s also part of our mission.
To receive the designation, Rockingham county law enforcement had to prove that drug activity was proliferating in the county, and that it threatened other parts of the United States.
County law enforcement has been battling a spike in opioid addiction and increased drug trafficking along the I-93, I-95 corridors.