Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Gets Designation, Federal Resources for Collier County to Address Drug Trafficking

Sep 28, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy today announced that Collier County would be designated as part of South Florida's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

“Designation as part of the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area will provide the Collier County Sheriff's Office with the resources it needs to combat this problem. It will also offer CCSO the opportunity to partner with federal, state, and local agencies to address the drug-related issues that our community faces. Drug trafficking cases can be complex and costly, and no single agency has sufficient resources to adequately address drug crimes. Collaboration with other agencies is vital, and I was proud to support the Sheriff’s Office in this initiative,” stated Congressman Diaz-Balart.

“Collier County has some of the finest law enforcement officers in the country, and I am grateful for their service. I thank Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Captain Tom Storrar for their commitment to acquiring this designation. I also want to thank Mr. Ed Morton for his leadership and assistance on this issue. I look forward to continue working with them and local elected officials to ensure Collier County has the federal resources it needs to combat drug trafficking.”

“Drug trafficking is a national problem that has to be addressed on the local level, and adding these counties to the HIDTA program is a critical part of this effort,” said Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy. “These new designations and the funding they will bring will help our Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers work together to disrupt and dismantle the trafficking networks that are bringing drugs into our communities.”

In November, Diaz-Balart sent a letter to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in support of Collier County’s HIDTA application.