Domestic Highway Enforcement (DHE)
Drug traffickers commonly use private and commercial vehicles to transport illicit drugs into and through the New England HIDTA region, principally from sources of supply in New York City, Atlanta, and Canada. Drug traffickers also use the same conveyances to transport drug proceeds from the region to the source areas.
The Domestic Highway Enforcement Program at the New England HIDTA promotes collaborative intelligence-led policing to enhance coordinated multi-jurisdictional operational law enforcement efforts on the region’s highway system, thereby enhancing public safety and reducing criminal utilization of these transportation corridors. As the regional coordinator of the Northeast Region, the New England HIDTA, supported by the New York/New Jersey HIDTA, coordinates DHE operations involving state police agencies from the six New England states, the U.S. Border Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (HSI/ICE). Additionally, the New England HIDTA consults with the New York/New Jersey HIDTA on a regional basis.
The DHE partners engage in highly visible patrols along the interstate highways and secondary access roads, conduct checkpoints at designated border crossings, provide actionable intelligence and participate in related investigations utilizing an “All Crimes, All Threats, All Hazards” approach.