EDINBURG, Texas — Two agents of the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office – High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force have been awarded top honors by the Texas Narcotic Officers Association (TNOA) and will be recognized at the organization’s annual conference in August.
HIDTA Commander Juan Pablo Sifuentes has been named “Supervisor of the Year” and Agent Genovevo “Geno” Martinez III “Narcotic Officer of the Year” for the TNOA South Region. Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr., who supported the nomination of the two agents, called the recognition well-deserved.
“These agents exemplify the meaning of integrity in police work,” Rodriguez said. “Commander Sifuentes has lead the team by example and the results have been increased arrests and seizures. Agent Martinez’s surveillance and investigations have resulted in the seizure of over 5,576 pounds of marijuana, numerous tractor trailers and multiple arrests.”
The HIDTA Task Force is funded by federal grants administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s HIDTA Task Force provides leadership and interagency collaboration, promotes the sharing of intelligence and information, and provides specialized training to participating law enforcement and treatment agencies.
The TNOA’s 50th Annual state training conference will be held at South Padre Island August 19-22.