Section Chief: Assistant Prosecutor Nevan Soumilas
Unit Commander: Lieutenant Carlos Plaza
In 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency became the lead agency in the Camden City division of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (H.I.D.T.A) Task Force, a federally funded multiagency organization dedicated to reducing drug trafficking and drug-related violence. Presently, the H.I.D.T.A. Task Force is made up of 15 members, including three detectives from the Camden County Prosecutors Office. Other participants include personnel from the Drug Enforcement Agency, Delaware River Port Authority, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Westhampton Police Department, and the Gloucester City Police Department.
Additionally, in 2010 the Federal Bureau of Investigations developed the South Jersey Violent Offender Gang Task Force, a federally funded multiagency organization targeting violent drug trafficking organizations and gangs that also has 15 members, including three detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office. Other personnel include representatives from the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, New Jersey State Police, Salem County Prosecutors Office and the Camden County Sheriff’s Department.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Both task forces generate cases against individuals who are classified as involved in or the leader of major drug trafficking organizations in the county. These are organizations that import wholesale quantities of controlled dangerous substances and directly or indirectly supply the city and suburban drug sets. Such persons may be targeted for prosecution under the ‘kingpin” statute where appropriate. Typically, these investigations involve wiretaps and other forms of electronic surveillance. Frequently lower level targets facing charges are utilized as a means of “stepping up” to achieve higher level targets.