Removal of 5 Counties as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas
The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) removed 5 counties as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) counties pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 1706, effective September 29, 2014. The 5 counties removed from HIDTA county designation within the Appalachia HIDTA are (1) Cumberland and Clinton Counties in Kentucky; (2) Clay and White Counties in Tennessee; and (3) Mason County in West Virginia. The Executive Board of the Appalachia HIDTA requested removal of these counties from designation after assessing the threat and determining that these counties no longer met the statutory criteria necessary for designation as HIDTA counties. ONDCP evaluated and accepted the request.