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National Drug Intelligence Center
Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis
May 2007


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Figure 1. Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Map showing the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

The map shows Cook, Will, Kendall, and Grundy counties.

Chicago is a major city with over 250,000 people. Aurora, Naperville, Joliet, and Gary are major cities with 100,000-249,999 people. Waukegan, Elgin, and Cicero are major cities with less than 100,000 people.

O'Hare is the International Airport.

Chicago is a major seaport.

The interstates within this region are I-55, I-57, I-65, I-80, I-88, I-90, I-94, I-294, and I-355.

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Figure 2. Number of fentanyl-related deaths in Cook County, August 2005-December 2006.

Line chart showing the number of fentanyl-related deaths in Cook County, August 2005-December 2006.

In 2005, the number of fentanyl-related deaths was 0 in August, 3 in September, 2 in October, 4 in November, and 12 in December.

In 2006, the number of fentanyl-related deaths was 10 in January, 9 in February, 12 in March, 25 in April, 47 in May, 47 in June, 39 in July, 28 in August, 32 in September, 38 in October, 21 in November, and 10 in December.

Source: Office of the Medical Examiner, Cook County Illinois.

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Figure 3. Heroin purity levels in Chicago, 1997-2006.

Bar chart showing heroin purity levels in Chicago, 1997-2006.

In 1997, the purity level of heroin was 30.4%, in 1998 24.8%, in 1999 23.8%, in 2000 22.7%, in 2001 20.0%, in 2002 20.5%, in 2003 17.4%, in 2004 12.8%, in 2005 15.2%, and in 2006 14.7%.

Source: Drug Enforcement Administration Heroin Domestic Monitor Program.

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