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New program meant to reduce drug trafficking

Posted at 2:25 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 19:15:40-05

The United States Attorney's Office held a news conference to announce the incorporation of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program funded through a federal grant.

The mission of the HIDTA program is to reduce the drug supply in the United States by disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking and money laundering organizations by pairing law enforcement agencies in the region. 

In addition, the funding allows for a prosecutor which will deal solely with drug offenses.

During the press conference, officials explained that the program has already netted three arrest.

Alcantar-Armenta and Daniel Valdenegro-Zafiro, both of Elko, Nevada and Jose Antonio Diaz-Juarez, of Grandview, Idaho were indicted on September 9th, 2015 and since have pled guilty for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute nearly two pounds of methamphetamine.

The investigation was a result of multiple agencies, counties and jurisdictions assisted by the HIDTA program that ultimately resulted in the trio being arrested.

All three men have yet to be sentenced but have court dates scheduled for March and April.