This assessment provides a strategic overview of the illicit drug situation in the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) which encompasses 10 counties.
Results suggest that Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) and associated Hispanic criminal groups are the dominant transporters of wholesale cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine distribution in the North Florida HIDTA region and are unlikely to be challenged by other groups in the near term. Cocaine trafficking and abuse will remain the primary drug threat to the North Florida HIDTA region. Large cocaine seizures in drug transit areas near the Southwest Border and the Caribbean have resulted in sporadic cocaine shortages in the North Florida HIDTA region. The diversion, distribution, and abuse of controlled prescription drugs (CPDs) such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and diazepam are significant threats to the North Florida HIDTA region. Established diversion networks in the North Florida HIDTA region will continue to supply CPDs to distributors and abusers throughout the eastern United States. This report was prepared through detailed analysis of recent law enforcement reporting, information obtained through interviews with law enforcement and public health officials, and available statistical data. Tables, figures, and list of sources
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