Midland Police Secures Thousands of Dollars to Fight Drug Trafficking

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Money is coming in to help fight the war on drugs here in the Permian Basin.

The Midland Police Department secured more than $100,000 to help the task force.

The department secured two federal grants for the West Texas branch of the Southwest Border High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDA).

The local task force is comprised of state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, DEA and the Midland County Sheriff's Office.

The grants total more than $170,000 and will help pay for necessities like equipment, as well as vehicle and operational expenses.

Midland Police Chief Price Robinson says it's important the Permian Basin fights to get funding like this.

"We're just in a pretty vulnerable situation with those major thorough fares," Robinson said. "So, it was imperative for the Permian Basin to be a part of the HIDA just because of where we sit and there are just over 200,000 people in Midland/Odessa Permian Basin. So it was just real important that we become a part of HIDA and receive these funds to combat drug trafficking."

The southwest border high intensity trafficking area stretches across four states from San Diego, CA to Cameron and Willacy Counties in Texas.