National Drug Intelligence Center Releases National Drug
Threat Assessment 2007
Nov 15, 2006
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 / U.S. Newswire/ -- The National Drug
Intelligence Center, a component of the Department of
Justice, has released the National Drug Threat Assessment
2007 detailing national drug trafficking and abuse trends
within the United States . The assessment identifies the
primary drug threats to the nation, tracks drug availability
throughout the country and analyzes trafficking and
distribution patterns of illicit drugs within the United
States . It evaluates the threat posed by illegal drugs
comparing availability, production and cultivation,
transportation, distribution and demand.
The National Drug Threat Assessment 2007 details these
emerging threats based on the most currently available law
enforcement, intelligence and public health reporting and
Key findings of the report are as follows:
-- Following a sharp decrease in methamphetamine production
within the United States , Mexican drug trafficking
organizations (DTO), who produce ice methamphetamine in
Mexico , have gained considerable strength and expanded
their presence in drug markets throughout the country,
including smaller communities in Midwestern and Eastern
-- The expanded presence of Mexican DTOs in drug markets
throughout the country have enabled some to introduce
Mexican black tar and brown powder heroin in southeastern
and Midwestern states. Although South American heroin is
still the predominant heroin in most eastern drug markets,
Mexican DTOs' ability to sell Mexican heroin beyond
traditional western state heroin markets presents new
challenges to law enforcement.
-- Although coca cultivation is higher than previously
estimated, cocaine availability and use in the United States
have not significantly changed.
-- Ecstacy (MDMA) availability and distribution have
increased significantly. Asian DTOs based in Canada have
gained control over most MDMA distribution in the United
States and have expanded distribution to a level similar to
that of 2001.
-- Asian criminal groups based in Canada have contributed
significantly to both the increase in potency of marijuana
and its distribution throughout the United States .
-- While rates of pharmaceutical drug abuse exceed that of
all other drugs except marijuana, recent successes in
reducing the illegal diversion of pharmaceutical drugs,
particularly pharmaceutical narcotics such as OxyContin,
have caused some individuals addicted to such drugs to
substitute other drugs, such as heroin, for prescription
-- Most Mexican and Colombian DTOs have resorted to
consolidating illicit drug proceeds into large bulk cash
shipments and smuggling them into Mexico primarily through
south Texas . U.S. regulatory and law enforcement efforts
have made it increasingly difficult for drug traffickers to
launder illicit proceeds in U.S. financial institutions.
The National Drug Threat Assessment 2007 was prepared in
partnership with federal, state and local agencies. The
assessment also has incorporated information collected
through the administration of the National Drug Intelligence
Center 's national survey of more than 3,200 state and local
law enforcement agencies and thousands of field interviews
with law enforcement and public health officials.
A copy of the National Drug Threat Assessment 2007 can be
found at http://www.usdoj/ndic.