Can’t make this stuff up

The federal government runs a program aimed at aiding areas especially hard-hit by drug dealing. Each High Intensity Drug Drafficking 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.


  1. Mike says

    I think it’s rather ironic that they named it that way, like trafficking’s THEIR business…

    It’s certainly doesn’t take away from the idea that the DEA and the cartels need each other like a badly mismatched and mutually abusive couple whose psychological investment in their perverted marriage is so great they’d never contemplate divorce. The best the rest of us can hope for is murder-suicide as the outcome and hope they don’t take any more of us with them than who’ve already died.

  2. Fred says

    Can’t you hear John Denver singing it?

    Singin’ ’round the camp fire
    Everybody’s High
    Intensity Drug Trafickin’ Area

  3. Frank says

    Funny post! One error though in spelling-Trafficking not Drafficking in the name of the Federal program…