Loudoun County, VA (April 6, 2023) – Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman, presided over this week’s meeting of the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) board with HIDTA’s Executive Director Tom Carr on April 4 in Baltimore, MD. The meeting focused on fentanyl laced with xylazine; computer-assisted ballistic capabilities offered by the ATF; and a community-based program, “badges and baseball”, initiated by the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS).
Sheriff Chapman is serving as chairman of the 36-member HIDTA board for the second time, which regularly meets to discuss trends in crime and drugs, forensic capabilities, medically assisted treatment at jails, and regional community outreach efforts. HIDTA represents 152 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including federal prosecutors.
“Collaboration matters and it is an honor to be part of an organization that is on the cutting edge of best practices in public safety,” said Chapman. “Working closely with HIDTA has helped Loudoun be the safest major jurisdiction in our region,” he added.
Pictured are Sheriff Chapman; HIDTA Executive Director Tom Carr, FBI Special Agent in Charge Wayne Jacobs, and USMS personnel Johnny Hughes, Rashawn Strong, and Al Maresca.