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Indiana Drug Threat Assessment Update
May 2002


Cocaine, particularly crack cocaine, will likely remain the most significant drug threat to Indiana because of its ready availability and association with violent crime. Mexican criminal groups, street gangs, and local independent dealers will continue to dominate the transportation and wholesale distribution of cocaine. Local African American and Caucasian street gangs and independent dealers will maintain control of the retail distribution of both powdered cocaine and crack.

Methamphetamine availability and abuse likely will increase, particularly if methamphetamine production in the state continues to escalate. Methamphetamine produced in Mexico and southwestern states will remain readily available in the state.

Marijuana will inevitably remain the most widely available and frequently abused illicit drug in Indiana. Cannabis will continue to be cultivated at indoor and outdoor grow sites throughout the state; however, marijuana from Mexico will remain the type most commonly abused.

Heroin will continue to pose a drug threat to Indiana, though not to the extent of other illicit drugs. However, if more established criminal groups begin to exploit heroin markets in Indiana, abuse of the drug likely will escalate.

MDMA and GHB abuse will continue, particularly among teenagers and young adults. Raves and dance clubs will remain the primary outlets for these drugs, but they will likely be sold at an increasing number of other venues.

GHB, LSD, and diverted pharmaceuticals will remain lower threats than other illicit drugs in Indiana.


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