|Trafficking in narcotics and dangerous drugs in the Lubbock area has a substantial and detrimental effect on the health and general welfare of Lubbock Citizens. Participation with the Lubbock High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, under the purview of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is effective in combating the problem.
The Lubbock Police Department (LPD) participation in the Lubbock HIDTA will include the following activities and duties:
a. Disrupt the illicit drug traffic in the Lubbock area by immobilizing targeted violators and trafficking organizations;
b. Gather and report intelligence data relating to trafficking in narcotics and dangerous drugs; and
c. Conduct undercover operations where appropriate and engage in other traditional methods of investigation in order that the Task Force’s activities will result in effective prosecution before the courts of the United States and the State of Texas.
The LPD will detail three (3) experienced officers to the Task Force for not less than two (2) years. These officers will be under direct supervision and control of DEA supervisory personnel assigned to the Task Force. The Lubbock Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety will also supply personnel to the HIDTA. DEA will assign four (4) Special Agents to the Task Force. DEA will provide necessary funds and equipment to support the activities of the DEA Special Agents and officers assigned to the Task Force. This support will include office space, office supplies, travel funds, funds for the purchase of evidence and information, investigative equipment, training, and other support items.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) will receive a minimum of 20 percent of awarded assets as result of Task Force investigations. Up to 80 percent of the remainder is subject to equitable sharing among the participating agencies, based on the number of officers assigned to the Lubbock HIDTA at the time of the seizure.
Upon approval, the term of the agreement will be in effect until September 30, 2022.