High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)

The Helena Police Department implemented its Drug Task Force in the fall of 1992, which was made possible by a grant from the Montana Board of Crime Control and the Lewis and Clark County Attorney's Office.

In July of 1994, the Missouri River Drug Task Force was formed as a multi-jurisdictional drug task force with funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial federal grant.  The Missouri River Drug Task Force was originally formed jointly with five counties and today is comprised of seven counties, which include Lewis & Clark CountyBroadwater CountyGallatin CountyPark CountySweetgrass CountyMadison County and Meagher County. 

The Missouri River Drug Task Force (MRDTF) Board of Directors is comprised of members from the Helena Police Department, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, and Park County Sheriff’s Office.

The Task Force has been active in investigations and arrests of individuals involved in the transport and sale of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, sales of prescription pills and diversion of prescription pills and numerous other controlled substances. MRDTF detectives investigate a variety of cases from routine neighborhood complaints to complex multi-state or national Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) responsible for trafficking narcotics into Montana.

Response from the local community over the past two decades continues to be our best means of identifying and prioritizing investigations. Drug tips can be our best weapon on the fight against illegal drug activity and the apprehension of those responsible for distributing and using illegal drugs.  Any concerned citizen is encouraged to contact the drug task force via phone or email.  The drug task force fully understands the concerns of the reporting citizen and will respect wishes to remain anonymous. 

Missouri River Drug Task Force (MRDTF) is locally staffed with one detective from the Helena Police Department, one detectives from the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office, a DCI agent with the State of Montana, an Intelligence Analyst from the Montana National Guard Counter Drug program, one prosecutor from the Lewis & Clark County Attorney’s Office, and two Legal Administrative Assistants.

Public education and feedback are essential to our role in the community. Detectives frequently speak at neighborhood meetings, schools, public or private organizations, and civic groups providing information on current drug trends and promote drug awareness in Lewis and Clark County. If you would like a detective to speak at your function contact our office. For questions regarding drug identification or the signs and symptoms to look for, visit the DEA's web sight below or contact the MRDTF office.

While the Drug Task Force is set up to fight the drug problem in our community, we cannot win the war alone.  The problem is one that affects all of us and is destroying our community and families. The Missouri River Drug Task Force needs your help.  We need the community to be our eyes and ears and report drug activity.  Please get involved and protect your community.  Any information received is kept confidential and you will be doing your community a huge service. 

You can make a difference.  To contact a Missouri River Drug Task Force detective please call 406-447-8046 or call Crimestoppers at 406-443-2000. You can now email the drug task force with any criminal information at mrdtfdrugtips(at)helenamt.gov 


Missouri River Drug Task Force drug tips: mrdtfdrugtips(at)helenamt.gov

Crime Stoppers Online: http://www.crimestoppersusa.com

Drug Enforcement Administration: www.dea.gov