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USVI hosts executive board of drug trafficking task force
Published on October 5, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST THOMAS, USVI -- On Wednesday, Acting US Virgin Islands Governor Gregory Francis hosted a meeting of the executive board of the Puerto Rico-USVI High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA). The meeting, held at Government House St Thomas, was the latest discussion on the issues of drug trafficking and drug-related criminal activities and their effect on the US Virgin Islands.

“The meeting provided the opportunity to interact with the leadership of the task force on law enforcement initiatives and strategies that are key to combating the scourge of illegal drugs in our community,” Francis said, adding, the information provided in the various briefings provided insight into the work that is being done each day in the war on illegal drugs.

“The meeting also provided a forum for us to present our proposals for specific assistance for the Virgin Islands Police Department and the Virgin Islands National Guard,” Francis said.

The executive board is comprised of the heads of federal and non-federal law enforcement agencies in both jurisdictions as well as a representative of the prevention community. Meetings are held periodically with the governors of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to ensure that a collaborative and coordinated approach is maintained.

The Virgin Islands Police Commissioner, Attorney General and National Guard Adjutant General are members of the Executive Board.
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