WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monongalia County is among 18 counties nationwide designated this week as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

The designation was announced by Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli.

The HIDTA designation will enable Mon County to receive federal resources to aid drug control efforts among federal, state and local law enforcement officials. It also will allow local agencies to benefit from ongoing HIDTA-coordinated initiatives to reduce drug use and its consequences across the United States.

Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, and Representatives David McKinley, Evan Jenkins and Alex Mooney sent a letter of support for the designation to Botticelli in July.

Mon is the 20th county in West Virginia to be designated. The following counties also have a HIDTA designation: Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Hancock, Harrison, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Ohio, Putnam, Raleigh, Wayne and Wyoming.