2021 PATH Conference
1st September, 2021
Close to 150 stakeholders took part in the 3rd Annual Prevention Awareness Team of Hidalgo County (PATH) Conference at the Mission Event Center.
PATH is a coalition compromised of law enforcement, school districts, and social service organizations, in collaboration with local High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Behavioral Health Solutions. Together, these stakeholders work to increase community awareness in order to reduce crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.
The two-day conference covered topics including the Methamphetamine Pandemic, iGuardian and TANG Case, the Dark Web Drug Investigations and New Trends, Substance Use Trends, Engaging Youth in Prevention Efforts, Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health and Substance Use, Managing Social Media, Local Drug Trends Impacting Hidalgo County, Recruitment of Juveniles, and Legal Consequences.
Speakers included Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez, Jr., Sheriff Eduardo “Eddie” Guerra, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Richard T. Sanchez, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Marla Michel-Manzo, Mission PD Chief Robert Dominguez, HIDTA Commander Juan Sifuentes, South Texas HIDTA Director Tony Garcia, City of Mission Mayor Dr. Armando Ocana, HSI Special Agent John P Reinosa, Libni Paredes, Karen Rodriguez, Eduardo Salinas, Assistant District Attorney Kelley McCormick, Vianca Vieyra, Dr. Nancy Razo, Ph. D., LSSP, Pharr PD Officer Cesar Liscano, Mike Dominguez, Weslaco Commisioner JP Rodriguez, City of Weslaco PIO Cristina Garcia, and Texas DPS retired Lt. Johnny Hernandez.
Special recognition to Master of Ceremonies Roxanne Lerma-Casares, City of Mission Media Relations and the City of Mission Police Department Honor Guard.