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This is an NDIC product. National Drug Intelligence Center
Illinois Drug Threat Assessment 
January 2001

Appendix: Summary of Illinois Respondents to the National Drug Threat Survey 2000 

Alton    Aurora     Brown     Calhoun     Chicago     Decatur     Grundy    Hardin 

Kane    Macon    Madison     Putnam     Rockford     Springfield     

Alton Police Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with county containing Alton highlighted.
Cocaine Moderate   High High Stable 
Crack  High High  High Stable 
Heroin  Moderate Moderate  Moderate  Stable 
Marijuana  High High   Moderate Stable 
Methamphetamine  Moderate High  High  Increase 
ODD  Low Low  Low   Stable
   
Drug Threat The drug that poses the greatest threat to the Alton community is crack cocaine.
Drug Source St. Louis, MO; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX
Transportation Rail, St. Louis Airport, and personal vehicles
Traffickers  Gangs have a stranglehold on this community through crack cocaine sales. Alton has Gangster Disciples from Chicago, Black Disciples from Chicago and Houston, Vice Lords from Chicago, and Crips from East St. Louis.
Crime Drug trafficking is linked to retail theft, burglary, aggravated battery with firearms, and murder.
Changes Methamphetamine laboratories are on the rise.

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Aurora Police Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with county containing Aurora highlighted.
Cocaine High  High  High  Stable 
Crack High High  High Stable 
Heroin Low  Low Low Stable 
Marijuana High  High  High  Stable 
Methamphetamine Low Low  Low  Stable 
ODD  Low Low  Low  Stable 
        
Drug Threat Both crack and powdered cocaine are sold on the street by street gangs, creating situations for other gang-related crimes such as drive-by shootings, robberies, and vehicle thefts. 
Drug Source Chicago, IL; El Paso, Laredo, and McAllen, TX; Los Angeles, CA
Transportation Vehicles, planes, buses, parcel delivery services, and the mail
Traffickers Mexican criminal groups; Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, Black Stones, and Four Corner Hustlers
Crime Drug trafficking and abuse are contributing factors in other crimes such as shootings, robberies, vehicle thefts, burglaries, retail thefts, home invasions, and weapons violations. 
Changes Not reported

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Brown County Sheriff's Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with Brown county  highlighted.
Cocaine Moderate  Moderate  Moderate  Increase 
Crack Low  Low  Low  Stable 
Heroin  Low Low  Low  Stable 
Marijuana High  High  High  Increase 
Methamphetamine High  High  High  Increase
ODD Low  Low  Low  Stable 
        
Drug Threat Methamphetamine availability
Drug Source Chicago, Springfield, Quincy, and Beardstown, IL; St. Louis, MO
Transportation Personal vehicles
Traffickers African-American street gangs and Mexican criminal groups
Crime Not reported
Changes Increase in methamphetamine

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Calhoun County Sheriff's Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with Calhoun county highlighted.
Cocaine  Moderate  Moderate Moderate  Increase 
Crack Low  Low Low Stable
Heroin Low  Low  Low  Stable 
Marijuana  High High Moderate Increase
Methamphetamine  Moderate  Moderate Moderate  Increase 
ODD Low  Low Low Stable
        
Drug Threat The greatest drug abuse threat to our citizens is marijuana. There has been an increase in portable methamphetamine laboratories in the past year.
Drug Source Marijuana: Alton, Jacksonville, and Jerseyville, IL; Methamphetamine: MO
Transportation Personal vehicles
Traffickers Local independent dealers
Crime Not reported 
Changes Increase in portable methamphetamine laboratories and in thefts of anhydrous ammonia from farm supply outlets 

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Chicago Police Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with county containing Chicago highlighted.
Cocaine High  High  High  Increase 
Crack High  High High Increase
Heroin  High High  High  Increase 
Marijuana  Moderate Moderate Moderate Stable
Methamphetamine  Low Low  Low  Stable 
ODD Moderate  Moderate Moderate Increase
       
Drug Threat Heroin and crack cocaine abuse have led to increases in violent and property crime levels and to the deterioration of entire neighborhoods. There is also a high level of designer drug use by teens, leading to overdoses.
Drug Source Colombia and Mexico
Transportation Trucks, personal vehicles, and airport (via luggage concealment and body carriers)
Traffickers Colombian, Mexican, and Nigerian criminal organizations control importation and wholesale distribution. Street gangs control retail sales.
Crime Homicides and shootings over drug territory disputes and property crimes committed to support drug habits
Changes Increase in the availability and use of designer drugs and in the supply of South American heroin

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Decatur Police Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with county containing Decatur highlighted.
Cocaine High  High  Moderate  Stable 
Crack High  High  High  Stable 
Heroin  Moderate Moderate  Moderate  Stable 
Marijuana  High  High Moderate  Stable 
Methamphetamine Moderate  High  High  Increase 
ODD  Low Low  Low  Stable 
       
Drug Threat Crack cocaine is our greatest drug threat because it is readily available and highly addictive, and it leads to extreme acts of violence. Methamphetamine is our second biggest threat due to the prevalence and danger of laboratories. 
Drug Source Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO
Transportation Personal vehicles, parcel delivery services, and the mail 
Traffickers Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, independent dealers, and Mexican criminal groups 
Crime Extreme acts of violence and property crimes associated with crack cocaine 
Changes The federal prosecution of 23 Gangster Disciples has led to a decrease in crack cocaine availability and in related violent crime. 

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Grundy County Sheriff's Office

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with Grundy county highlighted.
Cocaine High  Moderate Moderate Increase 
Crack High  Moderate  Moderate  Increase 
Heroin Low  Low  Moderate  Stable 
Marijuana High  High  Moderate  Increase 
Methamphetamine Moderate  Moderate  Moderate  Increase 
ODD Low  Low  Low  Stable 
       
Drug Threat The availability of cocaine and crack cocaine; crack is very addictive and inexpensive
Drug Source Joliet, Aurora, and Bloomington, IL 
Transportation Personal vehicles
Traffickers Hispanic street gangs 
Crime Property crimes committed to support drug habits 
Changes Increase in the availability of crack cocaine and the emergence of date rape drugs 

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Hardin County Sheriff's Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with Hardin county highlighted.
Cocaine Low  Moderate Moderate Stable 
Crack  Moderate Moderate Moderate Stable 
Heroin  Low  Low Low  Stable 
Marijuana  High  High High  Increase 
Methamphetamine High  High  High  Increase 
ODD  Low Low  Low  Decrease 
       
Drug Threat Methamphetamine laboratories with the toxic fumes and danger of explosions 
Drug Source Local 
Transportation Not reported 
Traffickers Local independent dealers 
Crime Offenders are getting smarter, which makes detecting the production and distribution of drugs more difficult.
Changes Increase in the production and abuse of methamphetamine and in the use of marijuana by youth 

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Kane County Sheriff's Office

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with Kane county highlighted.
Cocaine High  High  High  Increase
Crack  High High  High  Increase
Heroin Moderate  High  Moderate Stable 
Marijuana High  High  Moderate Increase
Methamphetamine Low  Moderate Low  Stable 
ODD  High High  High  Increase
        
Drug Threat Crack cocaine because of the associated violence, robberies, and other crimes 
Drug Source Chicago, IL; El Paso, TX; Mexico 
Transportation Trucks (tractor-trailers) and cars 
Traffickers Mexican criminal groups, street gangs, and Caucasian dealers 
Crime Those abusing drugs are usually involved in burglaries, robberies, and thefts 
Changes More independent Mexican traffickers have entered the drug trade. Heroin has become popular among wealthy teenagers, especially females. Ecstasy and GHB seem to be more popular among the upper middle class. 

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Macon County Sheriff's Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with Macon county highlighted.
Cocaine  High High  High  Increase 
Crack High  High  High  Increase 
Heroin Low   Low Moderate Increase 
Marijuana High   High High  Increase 
Methamphetamine Moderate  Moderate Moderate Increase 
ODD Low  Low   Low  Stable 
        
Drug Threat Methamphetamine laboratories and the theft of anhydrous ammonia from farm supply outlets
Drug Source Chicago and East St. Louis, IL; Brownsville, TN; Indianapolis, IN 
Transportation Trucks and personal vehicles
Traffickers Street gangs, Mexican criminal groups, bikers, Jamaican criminal groups 
Crime Business and residential burglaries as well as vehicle thefts committed to support drug habits 
Changes Marijuana and methamphetamine abuse are on the rise, particularly among juveniles. Children on Ritalin are selling their prescriptions to other youth. 

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Madison County Sheriff's Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with Madison county highlighted.
Cocaine Moderate  Moderate Moderate Stable 
Crack  High High High Increase
Heroin Low  Moderate Moderate Stable 
Marijuana  High High Moderate Stable
Methamphetamine Moderate  Moderate Moderate Increase
ODD  Low Low Low Stable
        
Drug Threat Crack cocaine poses the greatest threat to the safety and security of our citizens. 
Drug Source St. Louis, MO; East St. Louis and Chicago, IL 
Transportation Personal vehicles 
Traffickers Local street gangs 
Crime Crack users commit burglaries to support their habit. Drug rip-offs occur between dealers, sometimes leading to violence.
Changes Increases in thefts of anhydrous ammonia from farm supply outlets by methamphetamine laboratory operators from rural areas of Missouri 

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Putnam County Sheriff's Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with Putnam county highlighted.
Cocaine Low  Moderate Moderate Increase 
Crack Low  Low Low Decrease
Heroin Low  Low  Low  Decrease
Marijuana Moderate  High High Increase
Methamphetamine  Low  Low Low  Stable 
ODD Low  Low Low Stable
        
Drug Threat Marijuana and cocaine because they are both used by 1530 year olds; marijuana is used more frequently, particularly by youth, leading to the abuse of other drugs 
Drug Source Chicago, Streator, and Rockford, IL 
Transportation Trucks and personal vehicles 
Traffickers Mexican criminal groups and Caucasian dealers 
Crime Not reported 
Changes Marijuana abuse is on the rise, particularly among juveniles. 

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Rockford Police Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with county containing Rockford highlighted.
Cocaine  Moderate Moderate Moderate Increase
Crack  High High High Stable
Heroin Low  Moderate Moderate Stable 
Marijuana High  High Moderate Stable
Methamphetamine  Low  Low Moderate Increase
ODD Low  Low Low Stable
   
Drug Threat Crack cocaine sales are the main focus of gangs in Rockford. Many gangs use youngsters as dealers. 
Drug Source Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI 
Transportation Personal vehicles with hidden compartments, the mail, and private shipping companies 
Traffickers Wholesale: Mexican criminal groups; Retail sales: street gangs from Chicago and Milwaukee 
Crime Violence is often associated with crack cocaine sales. Users commit thefts, burglaries, and home invasions. Shootings are tied to drug trafficking. 
Changes Powdered cocaine and heroin are encountered more frequently. 

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Springfield Police Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with county containing Springfield highlighted.
Cocaine High  Moderate Moderate Stable 
Crack High  High High Increase
Heroin  Moderate Moderate Moderate Increase
Marijuana  High High Low Stable
Methamphetamine Low  Moderate Moderate Increase
ODD  Low Low Low Stable
        
Drug Threat Crack cocaine is the major threat due to the high levels of abuse, associated violence, and high profit margins leading to sales competition. 
Drug Source Chicago, East St. Louis, and Decatur, IL 
Transportation Cars, trucks, and buses 
Traffickers Local independent dealers and street gangs; primarily Black Gangster Disciples 
Crime Violence associated with crack cocaine sales 
Changes Dealers are more cautious and aware of interdiction efforts; increases in the quantity and quality of marijuana, in local independent methamphetamine laboratories, and in the availability of designer drugs 

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Winnebago County Sheriff's Department

Drug Availability Abuse Threat Change Map of Illinois broken up by counties with Winnebago county highlighted.
Cocaine High  Moderate Moderate Stable 
Crack High  High High Stable
Heroin Low  Moderate Low  Stable 
Marijuana  High High Moderate Stable
Methamphetamine  Low  Low Low  Stable 
ODD  Low Low Low Stable
           
Drug Threat Crack cocaine because of the associated violence, robberies, and other crimes 
Drug Source Chicago, IL; El Paso, TX; Mexico 
Transportation Personal vehicles, vans, and trucks 
Traffickers Wholesale: Mexican criminal groups; Retail sales: local dealers 
Crime Violence and property crime are often associated with crack cocaine sales. 
Changes Not reported 

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