In 1990, a national effort to stop the flow of drugs into the country developed into a major offensive. Certain geographical locations were identified as conduits, or access points, for the transportation of drugs in and the money or proceeds out of the country. These areas were designated as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (H.I.D.T.A.’s). Federal resources were committed to these regions, with financial awards to those law enforcement departments attempting to curb drug trafficking. The LA-HIDTA includes the four counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino.
The Los Angeles Joint Drug Intelligence Group (LA-JDIG) is the intelligence/analytical unit for HIDTA. By M.O.U., it is co-managed by both the FBI and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. A Sheriff’s Lieutenant is assigned full time as the unit’s co-manager. JDIG is a multi-agency task force of over 50 federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel, both sworn and civilian. Acting as a liaison with the Regional Narcotics Suppression Program (RNSP), an Orange County Sheriff’s investigator is assigned to JDIG and is the team leader of the Toll Analysis Team of the unit. JDIG also performs intelligence and analytical work in support of RNSP, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, and other law enforcement agencies within Orange County. JDIG is solely funded by the LA-HIDTA, and receives approximately one million dollars per year for operational costs.