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Northern California
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis

Publication Date: June 2007

Document ID: 2007-R0813-022

Archived on:  July 1, 2009. This document may contain dated information. It remains available to provide access to historical materials.

This assessment is an outgrowth of a partnership between the NDIC and HIDTA Program for preparation of annual assessments depicting drug trafficking trends and developments in HIDTA Program areas. The report has been vetted with the HIDTA, is limited in scope to HIDTA jurisdictional boundaries, and draws upon a wide variety of sources within those boundaries.

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Strategic Drug Threat Developments

HIDTA Overview

Drug Threat Overview

Drug Trafficking Organizations






Drug-Related Crime


Illicit Finance



List of Figures

Figure 1. Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
Figure 2. Traffickers constructed this sandbag bridge to transport drugs via vehicles across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Figure 3. Almost $3.5 million of the more than $45 million in cash seized as part of Operation Imperial Emperor.
Figure 4. Samples of marijuana-laced popcorn seized by federal authorities.
Figure 5. Northern California HIDTA transportation infrastructure.
Figure 6. Samples of marijuana-laced products manufactured and distributed in the Northern California HIDTA.

List of Tables

Table 1. Number of Cannabis Plants Seized and Percentage of Change in Northern California HIDTA, 2003-2006


This assessment provides a strategic overview of the illicit drug situation in the Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), highlighting significant trends and law enforcement concerns relating to the trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs. The report was prepared through detailed analysis of recent law enforcement reporting, information obtained through interviews with law enforcement and public health officials, and available statistical data. The report is designed to provide policymakers, resource planners, and law enforcement officials with a focused discussion of key drug issues and developments facing the Northern California HIDTA.

Figure 1. Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Map showing the Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.


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