HIFCA and HIDTA

Mar 31, 2013 by


HIFCA and HIDTA




Say HIFCA and HIDTA and it’ll sound like you are speaking in code. The truth is, it is government code for two agencies that could have a lot to do in your life.

HIFCA stands for High Intensity Financial Crime Area while HIDTA stands for High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. Their names should alert you that money is the big reason HIFCA and HIDTA exist. Financial crimes and drugs have become the province of the federal government and to keep them to a minimum, at least according to them, they formed yet another layer of watch dogs.

The argument on the effectiveness of HIFCA and HIDTA is still being debated. However, if you are caught up in either or both of the above areas expect a long jail sentence should the government judges find you guilty.

You can visit:

http://www.fincen.gov/law_enforcement/hifca/index.html#map_hifca

for more information on HIFCA. However, if you only want the bare bones here are several extracts from their website:

These high risk areas were first announced in the 1999 National Money Laundering Strategy and were conceived in the Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Strategy Act of 1998 as a means of concentrating law enforcement efforts at the federal, state, and local levels in high intensity money laundering zones.

The Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Strategy Act of 1998, P.L. 105-310 (October 30, 1998) (the “1998 Strategy Act”), calls for the designation of certain areas as areas in which money laundering and related financial crimes are extensive or present a substantial risk shall be an element of the national strategy developed pursuant to section 5341(b) of the Act. See 31 U.S. Code 5341(b) and 5342(b).

The Purpose of HIFCA

The HIFCA program is intended to concentrate law enforcement efforts at the federal, state, and local level to combat money laundering in designated high-intensity money laundering zones. In order to implement this goal, a money-laundering action team was created or identified within each HIFCA to spearhead a coordinated federal, state, and local anti-money laundering effort. Each action team is composed of all relevant federal, state, and local enforcement authorities, prosecutors, and financial regulators.

HIDTA also has its own website and it is at:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/high-intensity-drug-trafficking-areas-program

There are currently 32 HIDTAs across America.

You are perfectly free to visit their website to learn more. Although, the below extract will make you more knowledgeable about HIDTA than 99.9% of the people in this country.

According to their website:

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, provides assistance to Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States.

HIFCA and HIDTA certainly do appear to have a role in today’s fast pace financial environment but it sometimes appears there are too many layers of regulations piled on citizens just trying to do banking and run their household. Everyone in the financial industry is now forced into money laundering classes.




The regulations and agencies like HIFCA and HIDTA make it sound like anyone who wants to put more than $5000 into their annuity or life insurance policy is a criminal, gangster or money launderer. Yet, other government agencies tell the citizen to pack away as much money as you can for your retirement.

The messages are mixed to say the least. Take $10000 to the bank and they want to know where you got it and why are you bringing in cash. Try it and see if HIFCA and HIDTA or at least one of them doesn’t enter your life.

I am not saying we shouldn’t stop the criminal element by eliminating their financial gains, I am saying we already have too many of the HIFCA and HIDTA agencies. Back off and let the ones originally created to do this job do it.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>