Can’t make this stuff up

There’s a federal/state/local enforcement unit called the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

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.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

4 thoughts on “Can’t make this stuff up”

  1. 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. Can’t you hear John Denver singing it?

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

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