|National Drug Intelligence
Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis
Drug Threat Overview
The trafficking and abuse of cocaine and ice methamphetamine pose the most significant drug problems in the Atlanta HIDTA region. Mexican DTOs transport large quantities of powder cocaine and ice methamphetamine to the area for local distribution and for further transportation and distribution to cities throughout the eastern United States and in the Midwest. Mexican DTOs also transport large quantities of marijuana to the area for local distribution and transshipment. However, law enforcement officials report that the drug does not pose as significant a problem as cocaine and ice methamphetamine because marijuana is generally not associated with the same level of violence and social disorder in the region as cocaine and ice methamphetamine. Reporting from Atlanta HIDTA Initiatives2 indicates that approximately 446 kilograms of powder cocaine, 141 kilograms of ice methamphetamine, 1,346 kilograms of marijuana, and 212 kilograms of hydroponic marijuana were seized in 2006. (See Table 1.)
Table 1. HIDTA Initiative Drug Seizure Data, in Kilograms, 2006
Other illicit drugs, such as diverted pharmaceuticals, MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy), and heroin, pose lesser problems to the Atlanta HIDTA region. Diverted pharmaceuticals such as alprazolam, diazepam, and hydromorphone are widely available. MDMA is readily available and distributed from Atlanta to many areas in the Southeast. Heroin availability and abuse are at stable levels.
2. Atlanta HIDTA funds are allocated to nine Initiatives (program areas): Metro Atlanta Task Force, DeKalb Task Force, Intelligence, Administration, Crime Lab, Prosecution, Training, Facilities, and Prevention. There are also Initiatives within each Initiative.