Illicit Drug Smuggling In U.S

Illicit drug smuggling is a kind of global market, which involves cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of illegal controlled drugs. Developing countries are usually major drug production countries and it most affected the global trade. Drugs are smuggled from one country to another country and us is mainly affected by this smuggling problem.

To stop drug marketing U.S has deployed 327 officers in land, maritime and air. Drugs are transported to major drug market through eight principal corridors. Among all corridors corridor A is important to DTO’s. This is a common route to transport multi ton quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine from the Southwest Border to eastern U.S. drug markets.

Corridor B has equal importance like corridor A. It is mainly useful to those smugglers who mainly deal in methamphetamine and marijuana. Interstates 15, 80, 70, and 40 are the leading routes of corridor B. According to NADT (National Drug Threat Assessment) report 46 percent of methamphetamine and 31 percent of all marijuana were sized from 2008 through October 2009.

Drugs smuggler smuggle their drugs through various corridor but destined for few primary U.S. drug markets. Then from this market, drugs are further distributed to smaller markets. According to the analysis of national seizure data there are seven cities which are identified as destination and origination of drug shipments. They are Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, New York, and Tucson.

Thus, drug smuggling has long chain in the U.S market and it is increasing year by year. This could be result as heavy loss to nation’s productivity and development. Government has deployed many new rules to impose theses smuggling.

Source: National Drug Threat Assessment (NADT) report