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Southern District of West Virginia

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

United States Attorney Mike Stuart Issues Statement on Fayette County's HIDTA Designation


CHARLESTON, W.VA. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart issued the following statement about Fayette County’s designation as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP):

“West Virginia and the Southern District is once again the recipient of great news in the fight against drug peddlers. This is big news and Fayette County earned its HIDTA designation.  I was happy to go to bat for Fayette County throughout the designation process, but it was Fayette County law enforcement that hit the ball out of the park.  The law enforcement agencies working in Fayette County earned this designation through hard work, collaboration and leadership committed to a team approach.  Operation Mountaineer Highway is a great example of collaborative, team oriented law enforcement in which agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the West Virginia State Police,  the Central West Virginia Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the West Virginia National Guard, the Fayetteville Police Department, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, the Oak Hill Police Department, the National Park Service, the Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and many others, worked together, collaboratively and in close partnership, to dismantle a multi-state, poly-drug network operating from South Carolina to New Jersey. The ONDCP and the AHIDTA have provided enormous resources and support in our fight against drug dealers, drug thugs, and drug trafficking organizations that wrought devastation, despair, and death to our communities.  It is an honor to work arm-in-arm with our partners in the Appalachia HIDTA.  Congratulations Fayette County on your hard-earned designation.”

The ONDCP press release on new HIDTA county designations can be found here:



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Updated September 10, 2019