About the Houston HIDTA

The Houston HIDTA was one of the original HIDTAs designated by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in 1990. The Houston HIDTA includes 18 counties and encompasses over 16,000 square miles within the state of Texas. It includes all but six of the counties along the Texas coastline. The total population of the Houston HIDTA exceeds 8 million people, more than one quarter (27%) of the population of the entire state.

The 18 counties comprising the Houston HIDTA include Jefferson, Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery, Walker, Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Austin, Victoria, Refugio, Aransas, Nueces, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Kenedy and Brooks as can be seen in the map below.


The Houston HIDTA has twelve Enforcement Initiatives, two Intelligence Initiatives, and four Support Initiatives.


Crossroads Rural Task Force (CRTF)
Fort Bend Enforcement Team (FBET)
Gangs and Non-Traditional Gang Squad (GANGS)
Houston Money Laundering Initiative (HMLI)
Major Drug Squads (MDS)
Methamphetamine Initiative Group (MIG)
Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MOCONET)
Southeast Texas Drug Enforcement Task Force (SETDET)
Targeted Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNET)
Texas Coastal Corridor Initiative (TCCI)
Truck, Air, Rail, and Port (TARP)
Westside HIDTA Narcotics Task Force (WHNTF)

Houston Investigative Support Center (HISC)
Narcotics Operations Control Center (NOCC)

Drug Prevention Initiative (PI)
Management & Coordination (ADMIN)
Resource Initiative
Training Initiative

The Houston Investigative Support Center (HISC) is the intelligence centerpiece of the Houston HIDTA. Sponsored by the FBI and co-managed by the Houston Police Department, other participants include the DEA, HSI, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and HIDTA-funded contractors. The HISC provides a full spectrum of investigative and intelligence services tailored to the needs of the Houston HIDTA law enforcement community.


Administration of the Stop Drugs Initiative is just one of many of the roles of the HISC.

The Initiative consists of ten websites that serve as a portal for communication between the general public and law enforcement to reduce the threat from drugs in the Houston HIDTA. HISC analysts regularly review tips received from the public and when possible, verify and augment the information provided by conducting analytical research. By developing comprehensive intelligence packets for investigators, they provide added value to original tips, assist in furthering leads, and ultimately improve the probability of successful investigations of drug-related activity in the Houston HIDTA.