FBI Participating in Alaska HIDTA Initiative Campaign to Combat Drug Trafficking
The FBI Anchorage Field Office is participating in a statewide advertising campaign, launched by the Alaska High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) initiative, designed to help communities partner with law enforcement in the fight against drug trafficking in Alaska. This law enforcement effort follows reports that, between 2020 and 2021, Alaska experienced the largest percent increase of drug overdose deaths of any state in the United States.
Recognizing that no single agency can fight this battle alone, the FBI Anchorage Field Office joined other participating HIDTA law enforcement agencies for a team approach to remove illicit fentanyl and other dangerous drugs from communities in Alaska. As part of these efforts, the agencies launched a comprehensive advertising campaign designed to empower Alaskans to report suspicious drug trafficking activities and behaviors to law enforcement. By doing so, Alaskans can help save countless lives from overdose, as law enforcement works to mitigate the threat of illicit fentanyl and other dangerous drugs across Alaska.
“This crisis demands full attention from both law enforcement and the public, for illicit fentanyl is causing untold damage to families and entire communities in Alaska, and across the nation,” said Special Agent in Charge Antony Jung of the FBI Anchorage Field Office. “With law enforcement’s united front, along with deviceful measures to improve public safety and public awareness, together with our communities, we can fight the flow of fentanyl and other dangerous drugs that are being trafficked throughout the state.”
Participating HIDTA law enforcement agencies are encouraging the public to report suspicious drug trafficking activity to AKtips, which can be done quickly online while remaining anonymous. Just download the AKTips smartphone app for iOS or Android. Alternatively, you can submit a tip securely online at the following website: akhidta.org or text the keyword AKTIPS, followed by your crime tip to 847411.
The Alaska HIDTA program, designated in May 2018, is spread throughout the state, and includes partnerships between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. More information about the Alaska HIDTA Initiative and participating agencies can be found at akhidta.org.