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November 26, 2013 4:01 AM Department of Ironic Names, Drug Trafficking Bureau

By Mark Kleiman

The federal government runs a program aimed at aiding areas especially hard-hit by drug dealing. Each High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA, pronounced “high-da”) gets some money and a coordinator who attempts to build links among enforcement agencies. The usual Congressional logic has greatly expanded the original list of five targets; there are now twenty-eight, including Milwaukee and Oregon.

Each operation has a geographic name: there’s a New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, and a Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

The unit located in Denver is the … wait for it …

Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or Rocky Mountain HIDTA.

No, srsly.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the University of California Los Angeles.


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