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Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis 2010
Publication Date: April 2010
Document ID: 2010-R0813-027
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.
Your questions, comments, and suggestions for future subjects are welcome at any time.
Addresses are provided at the end of the page.
List of Figures
Figure 1. Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity
Drug Trafficking Area
List of Tables
Table 1. Drug Seizures in the Philadelphia/Camden
HIDTA, in Kilograms, 2009
Table 2. Drug Distribution Activities in the
Philadelphia/Camden HIDTA, 2009
Strategic Drug Threat Developments
Cocaine (particularly crack) poses the principal drug threat in the Philadelphia/Camden High
Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (PC HIDTA) region because of high levels of abuse and the violence attendant
to street gang distribution of the drug. Heroin, marijuana, and controlled prescription drugs (CPDs)
are also significant threats to the region.
The following are significant strategic drug threat developments in the PC HIDTA region:
- Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are expanding their drug trafficking operations
in the HIDTA region, and as a result, the direct influence of New York City-based Colombian DTOs
in the region has diminished significantly. The influence of Dominican traffickers is also growing
because they have strengthened their associations with Mexican DTOs operating both in the region
and along the Southwest Border.
- Hispanic and African American street gangs are expanding their retail-level drug distribution
activities from urban areas to suburban and rural areas of the HIDTA region. Street gangs are vying
with other gangs and local independent groups for these new distribution territories, leading to
- Heroin abuse is increasing in suburban and rural areas of the region, especially among teens
and young adults. Availability of the drug has been elevated by increased heroin distribution by
street gangs coupled with cocaine shortages in these areas that have caused some cocaine distributors
to begin selling heroin.
- The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, which permits the use of medical
marijuana for qualifying patients, became law in January 2010. Conflicting federal and state laws
regarding medical marijuana will complicate law enforcement efforts targeting marijuana trafficking
in the HIDTA region. States with similar laws have experienced increases in illegal indoor growing
operations and confusion regarding federal and state laws.
- CPDs are abused by an increasing number of teenagers and young adults in the PC HIDTA region.
One or more of these drugs
were found in more than 73 percent of decedents for whom toxicology screens indicated drug-positive
results in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area in 2008 (the latest available data).
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a. Benzodiazepines, hydrocodone, fentanyl,
methadone, and oxycodone.
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