Sun Sentinel / File
October 22, 2002
Florida Congressmen, from left, E. Clay Shaw, Robert Wexler and Mark Foley talk after they participated in a press conference announcing the inclusion of Palm Beach County into the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) on the steps of the State Attorney's office in Downtown West Palm Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002. HIDTA was initiated by Congressional mandate in 1989 and implemented in 1990. State Attorney Barry Krischer stated, "The HIDTA designation and subsequent Federal funding will assist local law enforcement to better coordinate investigative efforts in the area of drug trafficking and money laundering."