Enforcement Officers: 19,046
Probation Population: 105,095
Violent Crime Rate
Federal Drug Seizures
Cocaine: 164.5 kgs.
Heroin: 0 kgs.
Marijuana: 3,826.8 kgs.
Laboratories: 33 (DEA, state, and
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Drug Situation: The Charlotte
District Offices areas of responsibility include Asheville, Charlotte,
Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington. A cooperative effort between DEA, local
police departments, state agencies, and other federal law enforcement agencies
has increased the impact of drug law enforcement on narcotics traffickers. The
Western Federal Judicial District of North Carolina ranks number one in
prosecutions in the Southeast OCDETF Region.
Cocaine HCl is readily available in North Carolina. The preferred method of
trafficking cocaine into North Carolina is by couriers who exploit the
interstate highway network. The violence and crime associated with crack
cocaine ensure that crack continues to be North Carolinas most serious
drug-related problem and the most frequently noted drug of choice among those
seeking drug addiction treatment. Crack cocaine in North Carolina is readily
available in both the larger cities and the rural towns.
Heroin: The heroin market in North Carolina is not
very prevalent except for small pockets of users and distributors reported in
the larger cities to include Durham, Greenville, High Point and Rocky Mount.
Most heroin is purchased in New York, Philadelphia or Baltimore and transported
back to North Carolina for distribution. There are, however, a notable number
of addicted individuals entering drug rehab centers that name heroin as their
drug of choice.
Methamphetamine: Drug abuse in the form of
methamphetamine use in North Carolina is increasing in popularity as is the
number of individuals entering addiction treatment centers as a result of its
abuse. Methamphetamine arrests have been on the rise in the Raleigh area. In
addition to local clandestine laboratories, methamphetamine is imported into
North Carolina from the Southwest Border, specifically California and Arizona,
and distributed to local traffickers. Intelligence from state and local law
enforcement sources report there are many undiscovered clandestine laboratories
in the Greensboro area and traffickers are actively seeking
Drugs: The Club Drugs that are most popular in North Carolina are
MDMA, GHB and LSD. The use of Dangerous Drugs has increased in popularity
across the state and is especially popular with college and high-school aged
people. With more than 50 four-year colleges and universities in North
Carolina, there is a large potential market for club drugs.
Marijuana: There is currently no marijuana
legalization issues involving the state of North Carolina. Marijuana from both
Mexican and local sources continues to be abundantly available in North
Carolina. The majority of marijuana available in North Carolina is smuggled
across the U.S. border from Mexico and transported to its destination within
the state. Mexican traffickers supply many of the local marijuana distributors
in North Carolina. In addition to Mexican marijuana there are many North
Carolinians who grow marijuana for personal use and for
Law enforcement agencies across the state have reported an increase of
OxyContin abuse. Drug rehab centers report and increase in the number of
individuals seeking drug addiction treatment for oxycontin abuse and addiction.
Crimes are committed to obtain large quantities of OxyContin for illegal
distribution. State or local law enforcement has been the first to respond to
many of the prescription fraud cases.
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 359 deployments completed resulting in over 14,456 arrests of violent drug
criminals as of April 1, 2002.
Other Enforcement Operations: The OCDETF programs in the
Eastern, Middle, and Western Federal Judicial Districts of North Carolina are
very strong. The Western District ranks number one in prosecutions in the
Southeast OCDETF Region.
Special Topics: Mexican Drug
Trafficking Organizations (MDTO) are a significant threat to North Carolina.
This is in direct correlation to the increase in the Hispanic population,
specifically Mexican citizens, immigrating to North Carolina. North Carolina
led the country in Hispanic growth in the last decade, up 394 percent since the
More Drug Rehab Centers Needed:The growing threat MDTO poses to
North Carolina causes an increase in the occurrence of drug abuse and
addiction. As the number of addicted individuals continues to rise, so will the
need for quality, effective drug addiction treatment.