Drug Addiction is Causing Chaos in California
Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana continue to be smuggled from Mexico to California. Also within the state methamphetamine and marijuana are produced or cultivated in large quantities. Drugs such as cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana smuggled form Mexico, are then transshipped from San Diego and Imperial Counties which remain the principle transshipment zones for Mexican trafficking organizations. Despite the abundance of methamphetamine in northern California, heroin remains the primary drug of abuse in San Francisco. Both heroin and crack cocaine continue to impact Oakland, and methamphetamine continues to impact Sacramento as well as surrounding areas.
Cocaine Abuse is Widespread Throughout California
The wholesale cocaine trade in California is dominated by Mexican trafficking organizations, who closely work with Colombian suppliers. The majority of the cocaine is entering the U.S. through the Ports of Entry along the California and Mexico border. Once smuggled into the state the cocaine is stashed in houses in Los Angeles. Los Angeles remains one of the nations largest cocaine transshipment and distribution centers. Cocaine is also widely available in San Francisco and other areas of northern California.
Heroin Use if Growing Among California Youth
The majority of the heroin being seized in California is coming from Mexico. In addition to the Mexican heroin, police periodically seize Southeast Asian, Southwest Asian as well as Colombian heroin throughout the state. Heroin is becoming more potent and widely available, thus becoming popular among the youth in California. The high purity of the heroin eliminates the need of syringes and needles and is now common for the younger population to snort the drug.
Meth is the Primary Drug Threat in California
Mexican organizations dominate the production and distribution of methampehtamine in California. Meth continues to be the primary drug threat, and is also distributed by a secondary trafficking group consisting mainly of Caucasians. This organization operates smaller unsophisticated laboratories. California has experienced a decrease in meth lab seizures within the state and an increase in the number of meth labs in Mexico. Throughout the years there have been steady increases in admissions to treatment centers in California, and the sharpest increase has been attributable to methamphetamine abuse.
With low grade marijuana being smuggled from Mexico, high potent marijuana smuggled from Canada and potent domestic marijuana being cultivated throughout the state, marijuana remains the most widely available illicit drug in California.
Ecstasy and LSD are Widely Available
The most popular club drug in California among teens and young adults is Ecstasy. Ecstasy is either obtained on the internet or through suppliers located in Los Angeles. Asian trafficking organizations are out numbering the Israeli and Russian trafficking organizations who once dominated as MDMA (ecstasy) suppliers. Los Angeles is one of the major gateway cities of MDMA that makes it way throughout the U.S. Other club drugs like PCP are widely available in Compton, which is a primary source throughout the U.S. LSD also continues to be widely available throughout Northern California which has been the center of LSD production since the ’60’s.