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Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis
June 2007

Drug Threat Overview

The trafficking and abuse of cocaine and ice methamphetamine pose the most significant drug problems in the Atlanta HIDTA region. Mexican DTOs transport large quantities of powder cocaine and ice methamphetamine to the area for local distribution and for further transportation and distribution to cities throughout the eastern United States and in the Midwest. Mexican DTOs also transport large quantities of marijuana to the area for local distribution and transshipment. However, law enforcement officials report that the drug does not pose as significant a problem as cocaine and ice methamphetamine because marijuana is generally not associated with the same level of violence and social disorder in the region as cocaine and ice methamphetamine. Reporting from Atlanta HIDTA Initiatives2 indicates that approximately 446 kilograms of powder cocaine, 141 kilograms of ice methamphetamine, 1,346 kilograms of marijuana, and 212 kilograms of hydroponic marijuana were seized in 2006. (See Table 1.)

Table 1. HIDTA Initiative Drug Seizure Data, in Kilograms, 2006

HIDTA Initiative Powder
Marijuana Hydroponic
Heroin GHB
(in dosage
DeKalb 355.22 0.80 118.17 0.13 1,136.60 2.27 0.01 0.00 14,665
Domestic Highway
Drug Enforcement (DHDE)
21.01 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.62 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
(Groups 1-6)
69.66 0.30 22.98 14.33 206.48 210.00 3.12 18.57 28,538
Total 445.89 1.10 141.15 14.46 1,345.70 212.27 3.13 18.57 43,203

Source: Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Performance Management Process Database, data run on 6/12/2007.a
a. Performance Management Process (PMP) Matrix is the process that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) uses to assess the performance of regional High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). The PMP Matrix lists the HIDTA's threats and needs.

Other illicit drugs, such as diverted pharmaceuticals, MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy), and heroin, pose lesser problems to the Atlanta HIDTA region. Diverted pharmaceuticals such as alprazolam, diazepam, and hydromorphone are widely available. MDMA is readily available and distributed from Atlanta to many areas in the Southeast. Heroin availability and abuse are at stable levels.

End Note

2. Atlanta HIDTA funds are allocated to nine Initiatives (program areas): Metro Atlanta Task Force, DeKalb Task Force, Intelligence, Administration, Crime Lab, Prosecution, Training, Facilities, and Prevention. There are also Initiatives within each Initiative.

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