Enforcement Officers: 8,625
State Prison Population:
Probation Population: 27,997
Violent Crime Rate
Federal Drug Seizures
Cocaine: 51.3 kgs.
Heroin: 0.1 kgs.
Marijuana: 2,861.4 kgs.
Laboratories: 588 (DEA, state, and
Top 7 cities in OklahomaMidwest City
Drugs and Addiction Treatment Centers
Drug Situation: Methamphetamine,
which is produced in Mexico and the Southwest United States, and is locally
produced, remains the principal drug of concern in the State of Oklahoma and
the principal drug of choice among those seeking drug addiction treatment.
Cocaine, particularly crack cocaine, is a significant problem in the urban
areas of the state. Oklahoma also serves as a transshipment point for drugs
being transported to the eastern United States via Interstates 40 and 44 that
intersect the state. Interstate 35 also provides a critical north-south
transportation avenue for drug traffickers.
Cocaine continues to be readily available throughout Oklahoma. The cocaine is
transported from Texas and Mexico via commercial airlines and motor vehicles.
Mexican polydrug traffickers dealing in marijuana and methamphetamine bring
some of the cocaine into the state. Much of the cocaine HCl is converted into
crack cocaine for sale at the retail level. Crack is the drug of choice for a
significant number of those entering drug rehab centers. Cocaine is distributed
primarily by Mexican and African American traffickers. The majority of the
cocaine purchased in the Oklahoma City area is transported in by local
suppliers who travel to large cities in Texas and return to distribute the
Black Tar heroin is available in limited quantities near the metropolitan areas
in Oklahoma. It is rare to encounter brown or white heroin, though in rare
instances, white heroin from Colombia has been seen. Demand for
heroin has declined in recent years although it is still the drug of choice for
many entering addiction treatment centers. The majority of heroin traffickers
in Oklahoma receive their heroin from Mexico. Most of the heroin transported
into Oklahoma is concealed in hidden compartments in passenger vehicles.
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine is the primary drug
of choice in Oklahoma by a great number of addicted individuals seeking drug
addiction treatment. Caucasian males and females are equally the primary users.
Most of the methamphetamine in the state is brought in by Hispanic
organizations via motor vehicles, commercial airlines, and mail delivery
services. Local, small mom and pop laboratories continue to be a
significant problem throughout Oklahoma. About 30% of local laboratories use
the Nazi method and produce only ounce quantities or less
time. Two super labs, capable of
producing 20-40 pounds of
at a time, were seized over the last two years.
Drugs: The state of Oklahoma is seeing an increase in the abuse of
club drugs, such as MDMA and GHB. MDMA is found at rave parties in
eastern and central Oklahoma. The amount of MDMA seized in Oklahoma and
analyzed by DEA laboratories increased from 6 dosage units in CY2000 to 2,657
dosage units in CY2001. The majority of the MDMA found in Oklahoma comes from
the West Coast, Nevada and Texas. A small number of seizures have involved MDMA
Marijuana: Marijuana is readily available
in all areas of Oklahoma, and is the main illegal drug of abuse in the state.
Marijuana imported from Mexico is prevalent and is usually imported in
combination with other illegal drugs being transported to Oklahoma and other
states north and east. It is usually reported to be used in conjunction with
other drugs by those entering drug rehab centers. The majority of the marijuana
is smuggled from the southwest border via passenger vehicle and occasionally in
freight vehicles. Mexican Sensimilla, usually found in
pressed/brick form, is the most common type of marijuana seen in Oklahoma,
particularly in urban areas. Domestically produced marijuana is also available
in Oklahoma, though not as readily in recent years. Oklahoma, along with
several other southern states, has endured severe drought conditions over the
past three years, affecting the local production of marijuana. Marijuana
Legislation: In April 2002, a law permitting enforcement officials to spray
wild marijuana with glyphosate (Round Up) was passed despite controversy about
health concerns for local farm animals and crops. For the past several years,
there have been attempts to introduce legislation regarding the medicinal use
of marijuana and the production of hemp. The legislation has always failed to
make it out of committee.
Other Drugs: The most popular pharmaceutical
substances abused in Oklahoma are Vicodin, Lortab, propoxyphene, alprazolam,
hydrocodone, Ultram, diazepam, Hycodan, Demerol, Dilaudid, and Percodan. Much
of the diversion is through fraudulent prescriptions, doctor shopping, pharmacy
break-ins, and hospital thefts. OxyContin is also increasing as a
pharmaceutical drug of abuse in Oklahoma and its being named a drug of choice
by addicted individuals upon entry to addiction treatment centers is 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 359 deployments completed resulting
in over 14,456 arrests of violent drug criminals as of April 1,
Drug Rehab Centers are Essential:While the efforts of law
enforcement strive to arrest the drug abuse/addiction problem in Oklahoma,
those addicted must be able to seek drug addiction treatment in order to regain
their lives and become valuable members of their communities.