SAN DIEGO - Federal officials announced Friday the creation of a telephone "hotline" and email address through which tipsters can help combat drug-trafficking organizations operating in the Southland and Baja California.
Through the program, operated by the San Diego Major Traffickers Task Force, confidential informants can make themselves eligible for monetary rewards should their input lead to significant arrests or contraband seizures, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The toll-free telephone service can be reached at 855-780-1908 in the United States and at 011-855-780-1908 south of the border. The email address is DTOTIPS@USDOJ.GOV.
Though authorities have dismantled one of the largest and most ruthless Mexican drug gangs of recent years, the Arellano Felix Cartel, the region continues to be threatened by other bold and highly violent criminal organizations operating out of Tijuana and Sinaloa, according to law enforcement officials.
The Major Traffickers Task Force consists of personnel from the DEA, FBI, Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Attorney's Office.