Permian Basin Named "Major Trafficking Area"

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

PERMIAN BASIN - Federal money heading our way to catch drug dealers.

The Permian Basin is known for many things from oil production to President Bush's childhood home, but now, a dubious distinction, a "major drug trafficking area."

On Thursday, the Director of The National Drug Control Policy designated 26 new counties as part of a high intensity drug trafficking area.

Ector and Midland Counties were on that new list.

The H.I.D.T.A. Program coordinates drug control efforts between Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies.

Officials say those new counties are a significant center of illegal drug production, manufacturing, importation, and distribution.

As part of the program, local authorities are eligible to receive additional monies for equipment and technology.