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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 coordinated 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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Figure 1. Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking
Figure 2. Greatest Drug Threat in the Los Angeles HIDTA Region as Reported by State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies by Number of Respondents
Table 1. Illicit Drugs Seized in the Los Angeles HIDTA Region, in Kilograms, 2005-2009
Table 2. Small, Major, and Super Methamphetamine Laboratory Seizures in the Los Angeles HIDTA Region, 2006-2009
Table 3. Indoor and Outdoor Cannabis Plants Seized in the Los Angeles HIDTA Region, 2008-2009
Table 4. PCP Laboratory Seizures in the Los Angeles HIDTA Region by County, 2005-2009
Table 5. Treatment Admissions in the Los Angeles HIDTA Region, by Primary Drug of Admittance, 2007-2009
The Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) region is a national-level transportation and distribution center for multiton quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana and lesser quantities of heroin, PCP (phencyclidine), and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy). Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) that dominate wholesale illicit drug distribution pose the greatest organizational threat in the region. Violent street gangs are the primary retail-level distributors in the region and pose a major public safety concern to law enforcement. Nearly half of the 700 murders committed in Los Angeles in 2008 and 2009 were reportedly gang-involved.
The distribution and abuse of methamphetamine, followed by cocaine, marijuana, and heroin, are the primary drug threats in the Los Angeles HIDTA region. Additionally, traffickers transport illicit drug proceeds generated throughout the rest of the United States to the region for consolidation. The proceeds are then physically or electronically sent to Mexico to be laundered.
The following are significant strategic drug threat developments in the Los Angeles HIDTA region:
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