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NCJ Number: 228267 Find in a Library
Title: South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area: Drug Market Analysis 2009
Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: April 2009
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Ctr
Johnstown, PA 15901-1622
Publication Number: 2009-R0813-030
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Ctr
319 Washington Street, Fifth FL.
Johnstown, PA 15901-1622
United States of America
Document: PDF|PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on recent law-enforcement reports, interviews with law-enforcement and public-health officials, and statistical data, this report presents an overview of the illicit drug situation in the South Florida (SF) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), highlighting significant trends and law enforcement concerns related to the trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs.
Abstract: The SF HIDTA encompasses Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties. The region is a principal arrival zone and distribution center for powder cocaine and South American (SA) heroin. It is also a distribution center for marijuana and controlled prescription drugs (CPDs) intended for destinations throughout the Eastern United States. The most significant drug threats to the SF HIDTA region are the distribution and abuse of cocaine and CPDs and the cultivation of cannabis and subsequent distribution and abuse of marijuana. The laundering of illicit drug proceeds also poses a major threat to the region. Cocaine is usually readily available throughout the SF HIDTA region because of its proximity to reliable international supply sources; however, large cocaine seizures in drug transit areas in the Caribbean and near the Southwest Border resulted in cocaine shortages and higher wholesale cocaine prices in the SF HIDTA region in early 2009. CPD abusers are enticed in part by the ease with which they can obtain the drugs over the Internet and from retail-level distributors. Cannabis eradication data indicate increasing production of indoor-grown, typically high-potency, marijuana. Cuban drug trafficking organizations are increasing indoor cannabis cultivation and marijuana production in order to satisfy the high and rising demand for high-potency marijuana in the HIDTA region and other areas. The SF HIDRA region is a significant money-laundering area used by traffickers throughout the Eastern United States. Colombian drug-trafficking organizations launder multibillions of dollars in illicit drug proceeds through the Black Market Peso Exchange. 5 tables, 2 figures, 15 notes, and a list of sources for data and information presented in the report
Main Term(s): Drug statistics
Index Term(s): Club Drugs; Cocaine; Controlled Substances; Drug abuse; Drug information; Drug law enforcement; Drug smuggling; Drug sources; Drug statistics; Drug treatment; Drug use; Florida; Heroin; Marijuana; Methamphetamines; Prescription drugs
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