This morning, Congressman Hinchey’s office issued a press release announcing Orange County’s designation as a “HIDTA” or High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. From the statement:
The City of Newburgh will soon receive new tools to combat the drug crime and gang violence. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today announced that Orange County has received the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) designation they requested and have lobbied for since May 2010. The designation, granted by President Obama’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), will enhance coordination of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies by providing equipment, technology and additional resources to combat the drug trafficking on which these gangs thrive.
Full press release available here.