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.
2016 Annual Report Summary
The illegal drug trade continues to have a significant negative influence on virtually every aspect of our society and throughout the states of Oregon and Idaho. The harmful effects of illegal drugs permeate socio-economic boundaries. The HIDTA Program is designed to significantly disrupt the market for these illicit activities by identifying the components of the threat, developing a comprehensive enforcement strategy, and then effectively implementing that strategy.
Every time a drug and/or drug asset is seized by law enforcement the profit margin of the proceeds derived from the drug trade decreases. These seizures have a crippling effect on Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) and Money Laundering Organizations (MLOs) by affecting their viability and profitability. Enforcement efforts can and do threaten the ultimate survival of DTOs and MLOs when the focus is on the organization and seizure of products and assets.
Disrupting the wholesale market, at the multi-state or international level most significantly impacts drug availability in Oregon and Idaho communities. The coordinated law enforcement activities that disrupt the drug-supply chain come with a cost to our communities, state and nation. The 2016 Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Annual Report addresses the key questions about how efficiently and effectively public money that funds these law enforcement activities is being expended on these objectives.
During this past reporting period, the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program initiatives disrupted the market for illegal drugs in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Highlights include:
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 2016, 72 federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies participated in 23 Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program initiatives. With support from the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Investigative Support Center (ISC), the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program initiatives made significant progress in identifying, investigating, and dismantling or disrupting the most dangerous and prolific DTOs, MLOs, individual drug dealers, individual money launderers, smugglers, transporters, fugitives, and violent criminals in the state, region, and, in some cases, the nation.
The profit margin of DTOs and MLOs operating in Oregon was significantly impacted in 2016. During the 2016 calendar year (CY), drug enforcement task forces funded by the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program were responsible for seizing $6,252,057 in illicit drug-related assets from DTOs and MLOs operating in or with direct ties to Oregon. In addition to seizing illicit drug-related assets from the DTOs and MLOs, Oregon-Idaho HIDTA initiatives were responsible for the removal of $82,976,159 in wholesale value of illegal drugs destined for the streets and neighborhoods of Oregon and Idaho as well as other states across the country. In total, Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program initiatives seized $89,228,216 in drugs, cash and assets from drug traffickers and money launderers.
In 2016, every Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program dollar that was invested in law enforcement initiative activities contributed to a shared return on investment (ROI) of $24.21.
The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program and initiatives have established funding and operational priorities that focus on disrupting and/or dismantling those DTOs and MLOs operating in Oregon and that impact other parts of the United States. During CY 2016, Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program initiatives fell slightly below meeting their projected target of disrupting or dismantling 58 DTOs and MLOs and ultimately disrupted or dismantled 55 by the end of the year.
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 Oregon. This process requires the dedication of more resources over an extended period of time than is needed for stopping a street-level operation. Taking the extra steps to disrupt and/or dismantle these DTOs and MLOs, however, can substantially affect the marketplace by reducing the availability of drugs, seizing related assets and ultimately diminishing the profit margin of DTOs and MLOs. During CY 2016, the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program initiatives targeted complex cases involving larger DTOs and MLOs. During the year, Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program initiatives investigated 7 OCDETF targets resulting in 3 DTOs disrupted or dismantled.
The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Program continues to coordinate and assist law enforcement, prosecution and investigative support initiatives with their information sharing and training needs in order to reduce drug trafficking and its negative consequences within our communities. 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.