Enforcement Officers: 1,888
State Prison Population: 5,167
Probation Population: 8,517
Violent Crime Rate National Ranking: 6
Federal Drug Seizures
Cocaine: 29.8 kgs.
Heroin: 2.9 kgs.
Marijuana: 187.7 kgs.
Laboratories: 10 (DEA, state, and local)
Top City in AlaskaAnchorage
Drug Addiction and Drug Addiction
Drug rehab centers are needed to help the ever growing problem of drug abuse in Alaska. The drug seizure statistics grow every year and have almost double in the last 5 years. Law enforcement is not going to get ahead of the problem until abusers start to get badly needed drug treatment referrals. If you or a loved one is caught in the grips of addiction call today for addiction help. We are her to help find a successful drug rehab program for your situation. Call 855-895-2315.
Due to its close proximity to the Pacific Rim and shared border with Canada,
Alaska is both a transshipment point for controlled substances to the
continental United States and a consumer state. Historically, drug trends
documented in the other states are eventually documented in Alaska. This
includes the growing threat of methamphetamine, Ecstasy, GHB and other
Club Drugs and the need for more quality addiction treament
centers. Alaska has the highest per capita incident of alcoholism, rape, and
suicide in the United States, some of it attributable to controlled substance
Cocaine trafficking is increasing due to the extremely high price drug
traffickers demand from their customers. For instance, one cocaine distributor
purchased cocaine in the San Diego area for $13-$17,000 per kilogram, and sold
it in Alaska for approximately $33-$35,000 per kilogram. Because of the
substantial profit, cocaine smuggling to Alaska is likely to continue, and
substance abuse will grow.
Heroin: Heroin seized by the DEA has been Mexican
black tar heroin for local distribution and use. Organizations and groups
controlling the distribution are primarily Dominicans, and Mexican nationals
play a less significant role in it. Heroin is the "drug of choice" among many
entering drug rehab.
Methamphetamine: In 1999 local law enforcement
officials in Alaska increased their focus on methamphetamine activities.
Organized criminal groups smuggle methamphetamine into Alaska for
re-distribution. Small Mom & Pop clandestine laboratories exist
for personal consumption and non-organized criminal distribution cells.
Methamphetamine abuse contributes to the need for drug addiction treatment in
MDMA (methylene-dioxy methamphetamine ), also known as Ecstasy, is a growing
threat throughout the state. Prior to 1999, there were no reports or direct
evidence of large quantities of MDMA in any form. In the recent past, MDMA
seizures have increased dramatically. In 2007 309 dosage units were seized by federal agencies. In 2001, the Anchorage Police Department
identified a source in Oregon that mailed 100 Ecstasy tablets to a student in
Anchorage. The tablets were fronted (not paid for by the student) in hopes of
establishing a market for the drug. In March 2000, Alaskas largest MDMA
seizure of 8,350 tablets occurred in Anchorage. The package was shipped via
FedEx from Ontario, Canada. In September 2000, officials in China seized a
shipment of 100,000 Ecstasy tablets destined for Anchorage. These tablets were
a new variety of MDA, not MDMA; and is the largest identified shipment destined
for Anchorage. A medical company in China was involved with supplying the
illegal substances, which were destined for the U.S. domestic market. Club drug
abuse is increasing and contributes to the need for more addiction treatment
centers. Club drugs is a growing problem in the club scene in states and Alaska isn't immune to it.
Marijuana is the
most abused and widespread illegal drug in Alaska. With over 187 kilograms seized in 2007 by federal agencies up from 14.6 in 2001. Local law enforcement can
only estimate the extent of marijuana abuse because less than 5% of the
marijuana in Alaska is grown outdoors. This makes detection much more
difficult. In 1998 Alaska was one of the five leading indoor grow states in the
United States, along with California, Florida, Oregon, and Kentucky.
Proposition 5, the bill legalizing marijuana in Alaska, did not pass in the
November 2000 statewide election.
diversion of various controlled substances regulated by prescription is growing.
Alaska is one of the top five purchasing states for five of the top twelve
diverted drugs, to include Fentanyl, D-Amphetamine, Oxycodone, Methadone and
Meperidine. Benzodiazepine is also widely abused. Internet purchases of
controlled substances, from both domestic and international sites, are on the
DEA Mobile Enforcement Teams: This cooperative program with
state and local law enforcement counterparts was conceived in 1995 in response
to the overwhelming problem of drug-related violent crime in towns and cities
across the nation. There have been 348 deployments completed resulting in
14,794 arrests of violent drug criminals as of June 2002.
More Addiction Treatment Centers
As the abuse of
illegal drugs and the illegal use of prescription drugs continues to increase,
the need for addiction treatment centers continues to grow. The statistics show and increasing problem with cocaine, meth, heroin and now an even bigger problem with marijuana.
Information provided by DEA.gov