MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The White House has designated five Minnesota counties as critical drug-trafficking regions and is helping to tackle the problem.

The counties are Anoka, Dakota, Ramsey, Washington, and Hennepin. The designation as a high-intensity drug traffiking area gives the counties federal resources to help coordinate and develop drug control efforts both federally and state-wide.

“We can only prosecute people if the cases are presented well,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. “This is going to give the resources, and this is gonna give the dollars, to be able to go after some of the kingpins and the big drug folks.”

Last year, there were 572 drug overdose deaths in Minnesota. That number is four times higher than in 2000.

Comments (6)
  1. bulldog says:

    Let’s hope they don’t waste any of the extra dollars busting pot smokers.

    1. Trump 2016 says:

      Good god, you are an idiot!

  2. Dan Mack says:

    The funds will all go to prosecuting local marijuana users and growers. It is only right. They threaten the very core of our Socialist Welfare Village by endangering our exclusive trade agreements with the Mexican cartels. We need our open borders to remain open, without local competition, in order to insure the free flow of cocaine, marijuana, crack, heroin and diversity into Minnesota. When our diversity friends do well, we all do well here in the Village. Locking up the local competitors to our trade partners is the right thing to do.

  3. Trump 2016 says:

    Imagine that. Here in liberal MN they have a bunch of failures. Not a huge surprise. They have to stick together so they can fail together.

    1. bulldog says:

      Currently High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA)-designated counties are located in 48 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. These Minnesota counties are just being added to larger list, the map will show you liberal or conservative has nothing to do with it. Try to keep up.