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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Figure 1. South Florida
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
Figure 2. South Florida HIDTA Transportation Corridors
Table 1. South Florida
HIDTA Initiative Seizures, by Drug, in Kilograms, 2009
Table 2. Indoor Cannabis Cultivation Sites Seized and Plants Eradicated in South Florida HIDTA Counties, 2005-2009
The most significant drug threats to the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) region are the diversion, distribution, and abuse of controlled prescription drugs (CPDs), the distribution and abuse of cocaine, and indoor cannabis cultivation and subsequent distribution and abuse of marijuana. Rising heroin availability and abuse pose a serious threat as well. Local methamphetamine production is an emerging threat to the region. In addition, the South Florida HIDTA region is a major venue for laundering and moving billions of dollars in illicit drug proceeds, particularly through the Colombian Black Market Peso Exchange (BMPE) and bulk cash smuggling.
The following are significant strategic drug threat developments in the South Florida HIDTA region:
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Opioid pain relievers include codeine, fentanyl (Duragesic, Actiq),
hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), morphine (MS Contin), oxycodone
(OxyContin, Roxicodone), methadone (Dolophine), and hydrocodone combinations
(Vicodin, Lortab, and Lorcet).
b. Pseudoephedrine smurfing is a method used by some methamphetamine traffickers to acquire large quantities of precursor chemicals. Methamphetamine producers purchase the chemicals in quantities at or below the legal thresholds from multiple retail locations. Methamphetamine producers often enlist the assistance of several friends or associates in smurfing operations to increase the speed of production and the quantity of chemical acquired.
Questions and comments may be directed to Southeast/Florida/Caribbean Unit, Regional Threat Analysis Branch through NDIC.Contacts@usdoj.gov.
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