12.12.2012 Costa Congratulates Central Valley California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area for National Honor

Press Release

By:  Jim Costa
Date: Dec. 12, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Jim Costa congratulated the Central Valley California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) for their recognition by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Central Valley HIDTA was honored with an award for an Outstanding Marijuana Investigative Effort because of their role in Operation Mountain Sweep. The operation was an 8-week, multi-agency, multistate marijuana operation targeting illegal marijuana cultivation on public lands in 7 states, including California.

"Central Valley HIDTA has been a cost-effective, vital part of our nation's efforts to combat drug trafficking and violence," said Costa. "Our local law enforcement officials and their state and federal partners have made our region safer and our community healthier."

Operation Mountain Sweep resulted in the arrest of 26 individuals as well as the eradication of more than 726,000 marijuana plants valued at more than $1.45 billion. The coordinated efforts of seven U.S. Attorneys, as well as support from ten HIDTAs in seven states (Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington), were integral to the operation.

Costa has strongly supported full funding for the HIDTA program. The track-record of the Central Valley HIDTA has proven that the program is an invaluable tool to assist law enforcement's efforts to curtail drug trafficking.