In December of 1996, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) designated counties and parishes in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi as the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (GC HIDTA). In July of 2002, ONDCP granted a request from the GC HIDTA Executive Board to add eight additional counties and parishes as a result of a changing drug threat. Later, in August 2005, another parish in Louisiana was designated. In February 2008, ONDCP added four counties in Arkansas as part of the HIDTA. In September 2010, ONDCP designated Shelby County, TN part of the HIDTA. In October 2013, Forrest County, MS was designated as well. In Arkansas, the designated counties are Benton, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Washington. In Alabama, the designated counties are Baldwin, Jefferson, Madison, Mobile, Morgan, and Montgomery. In Louisiana, the parishes are Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafayette, Orleans, and Ouachita. In Mississippi, the counties are Forrest, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Lafayette, Madison, and Rankin. In Tennessee, the sole designated county is Shelby. In January 2016, ONDCP designated Escambia and Santa Rosa counties located in the panhandle of FL to the GC HIDTA. The total number of designated counties and parishes within the six-state area now stands at twenty-nine (29).