Moyer selected to lead drug trafficking fight
TOWSON, MD – Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen T. Moyer will lead a program aimed at addressing drug trafficking in the Washington and Baltimore region.
Moyer, who served for 24 years as a Maryland State Trooper and Lieutenant Colonel, was selected as Vice-chairman and eventual Chairman of the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
The federal program administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is designed to provide resources for federal, state, local and tribal entities in combatting drug trafficking in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and parts of West Virginia.
“The Executive Board is extremely fortunate to have Steve, with his years of experience in law enforcement and management, step forward to provide leadership,” said Washington/Baltimore HIDTA Executive Director Thomas H. Carr.
Moyer’s selection comes at a critical time as the region confronts an opioid addiction crisis. In March, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency to address the drug scourge, committing $50 million more over the next five years for law enforcement, prevention and treatment services.
As department Secretary, Moyer manages an agency with more than 10,000 employees and a $1.4 billion budget that includes the Division of Correction, Division of Parole and Probation, and the Division of Pretrial Detention Services. He is a Harford County native.
“I am proud to be selected to take up this challenge and combat deadly drug trafficking in our region working together with all our law enforcement partners to save the lives of our citizens,” Moyer said.