U.S. Department of Justice
National Drug Intelligence Center
Atlanta HIDTA Drug Market Analysis 2010
Mexican DTOs will continue to dominate wholesale drug distribution in and from the Atlanta HIDTA region. No other trafficking group appears to have the sources of supply or organizational structure to challenge them. Mexican distribution cells will increasingly locate their drug stash houses in rural areas to avoid law enforcement pressure. NDIC analysts expect that Mexican DTOs will transition from distribution cells concentrated in the Atlanta metropolitan area into a network of cells operating throughout Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Mexican DTO bulk cash cell leaders in the region will continue consolidating bulk cash from U.S. drug markets in the Atlanta area. Some of the bulk cash cells are expected to move cash consolidation operations to more rural areas to avoid law enforcement pressure.
NDIC analysts expect cocaine to remain available at adequate levels to meet demand in the Atlanta HIDTA region over the next year. Cocaine abuse is expected to remain stable at high levels throughout the region.
Methamphetamine production is expected to increase in the region in the next 12 to 18 months. NDIC analysts also expect that pseudoephedrine smurfing organizations will use stolen and false identification to circumvent pseudoephedrine tracking laws that will be implemented in the region in 2010.
NDIC analysts anticipate that Atlanta HIDTA counties in Georgia will become source areas for CPDs diverted for distribution throughout the southeastern United States unless statewide legislation aimed at curbing diversion is successfully implemented.
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