Agencies go online in fight against illegal drugs
Officials with the Houston High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) gathered recently to unveil new websites for Fort Bend and Walker counties to combat the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in those counties.
The new websites will educate residents and businesses about the threat of illegal drug activity in the Fort Bend and Walker county areas.
Sheriff Troy E. Nehls of Fort Bend County and Sheriff Clint McRae of Walker County both participated in the unveiling of the new websites. The stopdrugsfortbendcounty.org and stopdrugswalkercounty.org websites will be another avenue that enables residents to supply tips about drug use, sales, transporting and manufacturing.
Among the goals of HIDTA’s new websites are:
– increase community involvement by offering a website in different languages: English, Spanish and Vietnamese;
– streamline the tip information process to prevent duplication of effort and when requested, assist with intelligence and investigative follow-up support through the Houston Investigative Support Center;
– strategic intelligence that will aid in the overall Houston HIDTA strategy;
– provide links to resources and information regarding drug prevention, drug treatment and drug education;
– assist parents and guardians in identifying indicators of illegal drug use and provide information about drug treatment/drug prevention service within the Houston HIDTA;
– assist and increase the apprehension rate of drug fugitives;
– and provide a platform to publicize prevailing drug threats and drug-related dangers to the Houston HIDTA community; and inform young people on the dangers and consequences of using illegal drugs.
The sites went live May 12 and already have received tips on drug incidents.
The websites provide directions on how to send a tip and what to look for in generating tips. All tips are anonymous and go directly to the Fort Bend County Drug Task Force members, which include the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri City Police Department, Rosenberg Police Department, Richmond Police Department and Sugar Land Police Department.