Congressman Denver Riggleman Delivers Speech on Combating Drug Trafficking in the 5th District

May 8, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Riggleman gave a speech on the House floor today. He addressed the issue of drug trafficking in the Nelson County region of the 5th District and urged Congress to designate the region as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).  This designation would help law enforcement better protect our communities and increase support for combating drugs.

"This counter-drug team has carried out searches and made arrests including of an individual suspected to be a high-level member of a Mexican drug trafficking organization or cartel, who had, according to the judge, caused unfathomable damage to the community," said Congressman Riggleman. "The damage caused by this organization and the many others trafficking in our communities and in the 5th district of Virginia is very real and very lasting."

You can watch the Congressman's remarks in full here and a transcript of the speech is provided below.

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Thank you, Madame Speaker,

I rise today to talk about an issue of grave concern in my district.  The Skyline Drive corridor in Western Virginia has become the center of a drug trafficking program that is ravaging my district.  

This challenge has warranted the creation of a “Skyline Drug Task Force” to combat drug problems in the community.

This counter-drug team has carried out searches and made arrests including of an individual suspected to be a high-level member of a Mexican drug trafficking organization or cartel, who had, according to the judge, caused unfathomable damage to the community.

The damage caused by this organization and the many others trafficking in our communities and in the 5th district of Virginia is very real and very lasting.  

It is necessary for the safety of my constituents to have the region designated as a High Intensity Drug Area (HIDTA) to give law enforcement the funding and support they need to continue the fight against these dangerous drug dealers.

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