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Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis


Publication Date: May 2007

Document ID: 2007-R0813-008

Archived on:  July 1, 2009. 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 vetted 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. Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
Figure 2. Number of fentanyl-related deaths in Cook County, August 2005-December 2006.
Figure 3. Heroin purity levels in Chicago, 1997-2006.


Figure 1. Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Map showing the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

The map shows Cook, Will, Kendall, and Grundy counties.

Chicago is a major city with over 250,000 people. Aurora, Naperville, Joliet, and Gary are major cities with 100,000-249,999 people. Waukegan, Elgin, and Cicero are major cities with less than 100,000 people.

O'Hare is the International Airport.

Chicago is a major seaport.

The interstates within this region are I-55, I-57, I-65, I-80, I-88, I-90, I-94, I-294, and I-355.

This assessment is a strategic overview of the illicit drug situation in the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) region, highlighting significant trends and law enforcement concerns related to the trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs. The report was prepared through detailed analysis of recent law enforcement reporting, information obtained through interviews with law enforcement and public health officials, and available statistical data. The report is designed to provide policymakers, resource planners, and law enforcement officials with a focused discussion of key drug issues and developments facing the Chicago HIDTA.


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