Harford County, Md., an area north of Baltimore on the busy I-95 corridor, was among eight counties added Monday to the national list of High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas by the Officer of National Drug Control Policy, reports the Baltimore Sun. The designation makes the counties eligible for certain federal resources to reduce drug trafficking.
The other seven newly designated counties are Orange County, N.Y.; Mendocino County, Calif.; Porter County, Ind.; Lexington and Richland counties, S.C.; and Putnam and Mercer counties in W. Va. Most of the counties were added to larger areas that had already been designated as drug-trafficking trouble spots. There are now 28 HIDTAs across the nation, encompassing about 16 percent of all U.S. counties and 60 percent of the nation’s population, according to the drug policy office. The Maryland county, for example, joins a Washington/Baltimore drug-trafficking area that was originally designated in 1994.