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A brand new federal designation from the White Home’s Workplace of Nationwide Drug Management Coverage will permit the Collier County Sheriff’s Workplace to obtain federal funds to disrupt and fight drug trafficking operations.

Late final month, the White Home introduced that Collier County was designated a part of the South Florida Excessive Depth Drug Trafficking Space, a league of regulation enforcement businesses preventing drug trafficking in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Seashore and Collier counties.

The Sheriff’s Workplace utilized for the designation, which opens up federal assets for drug investigations and offers further funds for additional time and drug buys, in response to a press launch.

“Frankly, we’re wanting into the longer term and we suspect there’s a risk we’ll see a rise in drug trafficking in South Florida,” Sheriff’s Workplace Capt. Thomas Storrar stated within the launch.

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The Sheriff’s Office’s Vice and Narcotics Bureau detectives have been attending monthly South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force meetings for years, according to the release. In April, the agency began partnering with the Washington-Baltimore HIDTA in an electronic mapping program that tracks suspected heroin overdoses in real time.


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Collier was among 16 counties across the country that received the designation, which allows for interagency collaboration, intelligence sharing and specialized training.

“Drug trafficking is a national problem that has to be addressed on the local level, and adding these counties to the HIDTA program is a critical part of this effort,” Richard Baum, acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a news release. “These new designations and the funding they will bring will help our federal, state and local law enforcement officers work together to disrupt and dismantle the trafficking networks that are bringing drugs into our communities.”

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