The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program publishes an Annual Report on June 15th each year that describes the program's activities, reports its progress toward implementing the HIDTA strategy and documents how it has met the annual performance targets for the preceding year. The most current, full text report may be downloaded by clicking the button below.
2017 Annual Executive Report Summary
The Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program is one of 28 HIDTA programs strategically located in the country. The HIDTA Program is designed to significantly disrupt the illegal drug market by identifying the components of the threat, developing a comprehensive enforcement strategy, and then effectively implementing that strategy.
The profit margin of illicit proceeds derived from the drug trade decreases every time a drug and/or drug asset is seized by law enforcement. These seizures have a crippling effect on Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) and Money Laundering Organizations (MLOs) by affecting their viability and profitability. The primary goal of the HIDTA Program is to disrupt and dismantle DTOs and/or MLOs. This objective is accomplished through investigative efforts that reduce illegal trafficking and through collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations that reduce the use and demand for drugs. The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Annual Report for program year 2017 addresses key questions about how efficiently and effectively public money that funds these law enforcement and prevention activities is being expended.
In order to achieve maximum results, the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program funds law enforcement initiatives that promote and facilitate cooperative sharing of case information, leveraging of available resources, and maintenance of effective working relationships between federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. In 2017, 72 federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies participated in 23 Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program initiatives comprised of investigative, prosecution, interdiction, fugitive apprehension, information sharing/analytical assistance, training, demand reduction, and administrative-focused programs.
With support from intelligence analysts with the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Investigative Support Center (ISC) and the Oregon National Guard Counterdrug Program, the HIDTA enforcement initiatives made significant progress in identifying, investigating, and dismantling or disrupting the most dangerous and prolific DTOs, MLOs, fugitives, and violent criminals operating in the region, and in some cases, the nation.
Many law enforcement agencies in the region continued to endure understaffing related to retirement and attrition during the past year. Despite staffing issues, calendar year 2017 was an eventful year for HIDTA enforcement initiatives. Highlights include:
- 63 DTOs and MLOs disrupted or dismantled, representing 91% of projections
- Over 2,400 arrests, 43 wiretaps (lines monitored), and 673 firearms seizures
- Over 14,000 kilograms, 62,000 dosage units, and 23,000 liters of illicit drug seizures totaling $101.9 million in wholesale value of illegal drugs removed from the region
- Over $7.4 million in illicit cash and other assets seizures from DTOs and MLOs operating in or with direct ties to Oregon and/or Idaho
In sum, Oregon-Idaho HIDTA generated a Return on Investment (ROI) of $29.33 for every $1 spent on HIDTA budgeted activities with the exception of treatment, prevention, and research and development.
The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program recognizes that disrupting and/or dismantling large, complex DTOs and MLOs brings about the most significant impact on the supply of illicit drugs in the region. This process requires the dedication of more resources over an extended period of time than is needed for stopping a street-level operation. Nearly three-quarters (71%) of the DTOs and MLOs disrupted or dismantled in CY 2017 were multi-state or international in scope.
The colocation of federal, state and local law enforcement investigators at program initiatives has enhanced the collaborative efforts to target and address significant drug trafficking organizations. The initiatives share information via participation in the Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) Intelligence (RISS Intel) and RISSafe deconfliction databases and programs. During CY 2017, 32,784 events/cases/subjects/targets were deconflicted enhancing information sharing and officer safety.
Information sharing and training support provides cohesiveness among all of the participating agencies by promoting and facilitating greater efficiency and effectiveness in the investigation and prosecution of DTOs and MLOs. The Training Initiative, managed by the Program Coordinator position since 2016, provided 7,282 hours of training to 409 students with courses related to enforcement, analytical, and management topics. In addition, the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA website continued to serve as an information resource to the public and an access point for required forms and documents for HIDTA task force commanders.
Several changes occurred within the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program during the last year. The Director of ONDCP designated Bannock County, Idaho as part of the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA, expanding program resources to a key drug trafficking hub in southeastern Idaho. Additionally, adjustments occurred at the enforcement level, with integration of personnel from the Warm Springs Task Force into the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Task Force (CODE) and the dissolution of the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET).
The collective efforts of the initiatives operating within the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program area have made significant progress in disrupting DTOs and MLOs and reducing drug use and demand. The initiatives are clearly meeting the National HIDTA goals of disrupting and/or dismantling DTOs and MLOs, as well as improving the program efficiency and effectiveness. The efforts of the initiatives have resulted in a reduction in illicit drug activity in the region, as well as in other areas in the United States.