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High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis

Publication Date: June 2007

Document ID: 2007-R0813-001

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. Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
Figure 2. Punji stick boards seized from cannabis cultivation operations in Kentucky, 2006.
Figure 3. Appalachia HIDTA transportation infrastructure.
Figure 4. Number of treatment admissions to publicly funded treatment facilities in Kentucky, 2001-2005.

List of Tables

Table 1. Number of Outdoor and Indoor Cannabis Plants Eradicated in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, 2004-2006
Table 2. Number of Methamphetamine Laboratories Seized in the Appalachia HIDTA Region, 2004-2006


This assessment provides a strategic overview of the illicit drug situation in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), 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 Appalachia HIDTA.

Figure 1. Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

The Appalachia HIDTA encompasses 68 counties in eastern Tennessee, Kentucky, and southwestern West Virginia.

Kentucky: Adair, Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, McCreary, Magoffin, Marion, Monroe, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Taylor, Warren, Wayne, and Whitley counties.

Tennessee: Bledsoe, Campbell, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Macon, Marion, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Rhea, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Unicoi, Van Buren, and White counties.

West Virginia: Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Gilmer, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, and Wayne counties.


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