National Drug Intelligence Center
Mexican DTOs will most likely maintain dominance over most wholesale cocaine, heroin, and marijuana distribution in the Chicago HIDTA region. Mexican DTOs will continue to use their well-established transportation and distribution networks throughout the country to ensure the continued availability of illicit drugs in the HIDTA region and numerous markets supplied from Chicago.
DTOs and independent dealers will quite likely expand indoor cannabis cultivation operations in the HIDTA region and increase transportation of high-potency marijuana to the region to meet increasing demand for the drug and to capitalize on the profit potential of high-potency marijuana distribution.
It is unlikely that ice methamphetamine availability and abuse in the Chicago HIDTA region will increase in the near term. Most efforts by Mexican DTOs to introduce ice methamphetamine to distributors in Chicago have been unsuccessful, partly because of the high profitability associated with crack cocaine and heroin distribution.
The availability and abuse of MDMA and BZP in the HIDTA region will most likely increase in the near term. Asian, Albanian, and Caucasian traffickers are supplying increasing quantities of MDMA to the region from Canada. Consequently, the availability and abuse of BZP, which distributors often sell and promote as an alternative to MDMA, will most likely increase as well.
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