Enforcement Officers: 19,842
Probation Population: 46,267
Violent Crime Rate National Ranking: 16
Federal Drug Seizures
Cocaine: 123.6 kgs.
Heroin: 4.4 kgs.
Marijuana: 862.0 kgs.
Clandestine Laboratories: 1(DEA, state, and
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Drug Situation: Cocaine and
heroin continue to be the primary drugs of abuse by those seeking drug
addiction treatment in the state of Massachusetts as Colombian and Dominican
traffickers dominate the distribution throughout the state. With the rise in
pharmacy robberies, OxyContin has become an extremely popular heroin
substitute, as well as its use in conjunction with MDMA (Ecstasy).
Cocaine continues to be readily available from gram to kilogram quantities
throughout the state. The primary source area is New York with other source
areas including Florida and the Southwest Border. Cocaine is transported in
multi-kilogram quantities via commercial transit, tractor trailers, and
vehicles equipped with hidden compartments. Cocaine is also imported via mail
services. Importers continue to be of Colombian and Dominican origin, with
retail distribution among all ethnic groups. Cocaine prices continue to be
stable, with slight decreases in purity levels noted. Crack Cocaine is obtained
from New York, Florida, and Puerto Rico, and is converted locally as well.
African-American violators and street gang members continue to dominate the
drugs distribution. Crack abuse remains widespread and crack has been
reported as the drug of choice by those within Boston city limits searching for
drug rehab centers.
Heroin: High-quality heroin is available from gram
to kilogram quantities throughout the state. New York is the primary source
area, entering by interstate highway via public and privately operated vehicles
equipped with hidden compartments. The primary suppliers are of Colombian and
Dominican origin, with retail distribution among all ethnic groups. These
centers provide high-quality heroin purchased in pure form, then cut and
repackaged for resale. Heroin distribution and use continues to be spread
throughout the state, with extremely low wholesale/ retail prices and purity
levels routinely exceeding 60%. Heroin abuse remains widespread, with continued
reports of heroin overdose deaths and incidences occurring throughout the
state. Heroin addiction is the prime concern for many entering addiction
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine has a limited
availability in Massachusetts, although it has been seen in some areas of Cape
Cod and western Massachusetts. Methamphetamine abuse is reported at
rave parties by young adults between the ages of 18 to 25; however,
individuals in their late 30s to early 40s also abuse the drug.
Drugs: MDMA (Ecstasy) and ketamine are readily available. MDMA is
found at rave parties, legitimate nightclubs, and on college campuses across
the state. The majority of the MDMA originated from couriers traveling by
commercial airlines and express mail deliveries from sources in Western Europe
and New York. A small number of seizures have involved MDMA originating from
Canada. Ketamine has been diverted from legitimate sources such as veterinary
clinics and abused at legitimate nightclubs across the state, particularly in
the greater Boston area. Ketamine seems to be one of several drugs, along with
MDMA and GHB that are popular in the rave scene. GHB is widely
available, particularly in western Massachusetts.
Marijuana: Marijuana remains readily
available in all areas of the state with the majority of product originating in
Mexico or the southwestern United States; however, marijuana of both Colombian
and Jamaican origin has been encountered. Personal use quantities of hashish
continue to arrive in Boston on flights from the Netherlands and other source
countries. The majority of the marijuana is predominantly imported from the
Southwest Border via aircraft, land vehicles, and delivery services.
Domestically grown marijuana is found in all areas of Massachusetts, from the
extreme western part of the state all the way out to Nantucket Island. In the
past few years, the state has seen an increase in the marijuana cultivated
indoors as well as an increase in the size of the plants.
products continue to be diverted in the state. Percocet, Roxicet, and OxyContin
are readily available in Massachusetts. Oxycontin, diverted from legitimate
distributors, is frequently imported into Massachusetts from Mexico.
Traffickers are also diverting OxyContin express mail shipments into the
greater Boston area. Well-organized doctor shopping rings forged and/or altered
prescriptions and diversion from individuals prescriptions are the most
commonly found diversion methods in the state. An increasing number of pharmacy
burglaries and armed robberies have been attributed to the increase in
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. There have been 14
MET deployments in Massachusetts since the inception of the program: Lynn,
Revere, Webster, Springfield, Lawrence, Everett, Fitchburg, Southbridge,
Greenfield, Holyoke, two in Worcester, and two in Boston. These deployments
resulted in 335 arrests and the seizure of 6 pounds of cocaine; 15.9 pounds of
crack cocaine; 7.5 ounces of heroin; 52 pounds of marijuana; and 352 pills of
Ecstasy. Also seized were 16 weapons, 19 vehicles, and over $732,000 in U.S.
currency and property.
Special Topics: Based on
information from the 2000 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment
Services, there are 356 substance abuse treatment centers in Massachusetts.
There are twenty drug treatment courts across the state.
Drug Addiction Treatment Necessary:Individuals suffering from
addiction to drugs, whether illegal or prescribed, need the staff and programs
found at quality drug rehab centers to overcome their addictions and get their