As the number of people who develop a cocaine addiction shows no signs of slowing down, the families of those individuals who have died, or lost everything dear to them as a result of cocaine use are left to wonder, “Why can’t anyone stop the flow of cocaine into the United States?”
The following information sheds some light on the scope of the cocaine trafficking problem in this country and provides a look at the challenges currently facing law enforcement officials at state and federal levels.
Facts about Cocaine Trafficking in the United States
- The primary way that cocaine enters the United States is via the border between the U.S. and Mexico (65% of all cocaine that comes in does so at the Southwestern U.S border).
- The major suppliers of cocaine in the U.S. are Colombia drug gangs and drug lords. The Colombians uses drug smugglers in Mexico to transport cocaine over the border.
- The Colombians control the bulk of the cocaine trade in major cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami.
- Mexican drug cartels have started to run and produce cocaine themselves (and not as “middlemen” for the Colombians) and now control the drug trade in major Western U.S. cities such as Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco.
- Despite the best efforts of the Unites States’ “War on Drugs”, the cost of cocaine is lower than ever and the availability is greater than it was 25 years ago.
- The U.S. government agencies primarily responsible for apprehending cocaine traffickers are the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Border Patrol, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
- In 2006, these agencies seized over 150,000 kilograms of cocaine in the United States and surrounding waters and territories.
- The price of powder cocaine in the United States varies greatly by location, and is less expensive in those areas closest to the hubs of drug smuggling and criminal activity. For example, a single gram of cocaine costs between $20 and $30 in New York City, but that same gram can cost upwards of $100 in upstate Maine.
- Depending on the efforts and specific operations of drug enforcement agencies, there are particular periods throughout the course of the year, when demand for cocaine is high and the availability is low. During these periods, the price of cocaine will rise according to what the market demands.
- In 2006 there were approximately 5,000 cocaine-trafficking-related arrests made in the United States. This number is significantly lower than in 2004, when almost 11,000 such arrests were made by various US drug officials.
Michael’s House understands that cocaine use remains at epidemic proportions in this country. The professionals at Michael’s House are dedicated to helping those individuals who are addicted to cocaine, one person at a time. Contact Michael’s House at 1-877-345-8494 for more information about their residential drug rehab program.
Michael’s House is located in Palm Springs, California.