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Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis 2010

Publication Date: June 2010

Document ID: 2010-R0813-022Cover image of Northern California HIDTA Drug Market Analysis 2010.

Archived on: September 1, 2011. 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 coordinated 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. Cannabis Plants Eradicated, by Site and HIDTA County, 2009

List of Tables

Table 1. Methamphetamine Laboratory Seizures in the Northern California HIDTA Region, 2005-2009
Table 2. Top-Ranking States for Cannabis Plants Eradicated, 2005-2009
Table 3. Cannabis Plants Eradicated in the Northern California HIDTA Region, 2005-2009
Table 4. Northern California HIDTA Law Enforcement Responses to the National Drug Threat Survey 2010
Table 5. Drug-Related Treatment Admissions to Publicly Funded Facilities in Northern California HIDTA Counties, by Drug Type, 2005-2009

Strategic Drug Threat Developments

The Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) region is a national- and regional-level distribution center for locally produced methamphetamine and marijuana. Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are the principal producers of methamphetamine and marijuana at outdoor sites in the region and are also the principal wholesale distributors of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin that they obtain from Mexico. Caucasian traffickers are the primary producers of high-potency marijuana at indoor sites in the Northern California HIDTA region. Asian DTOs and criminal groups are increasingly establishing large-scale indoor cannabis grow sites and are the principal suppliers of Canadian high-potency marijuana and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy).

Methamphetamine trafficking, abuse, and associated crime pose the most significant drug threats in the Northern California HIDTA region.

The following are strategic drug threat developments in the Northern California HIDTA region.

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a. The drug d,l-methamphetamine (dextro-levo-methamphetamine) is clandestinely produced using the P2P method, the preferred methamphetamine production method in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The drug is less potent than d-methamphetamine.
b. The drug d-methamphetamine (dextro-methamphetamine) is clandestinely produced using ephedrine/pseudoephedrine reduction methods. Highly addictive, d-methamphetamine is the most potent, widely abused from of methamphetamine.


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