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Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis 2010

Publication Date: June 2010

Document ID: 2010-R0813-029Cover image of Rocky Mountain HIDTA Drug Market Analysis 2010.

Archived on: September 1, 2011. 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 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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Strategic Drug Threat Developments

HIDTA Overview

Drug Threat Overview

Drug Trafficking Organizations




Drug-Related Crime


Illicit Finance


Appendix A



List of Figures

Figure 1. Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
Figure 2. Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation in National Forests in the Rocky Mountain HIDTA

List of Tables

Table 1. Methamphetamine Laboratory Seizures, Rocky Mountain HIDTA Counties, 2005-2009
Table 2. Rocky Mountain HIDTA Highway Interdiction Seizures, 2009
Table 3. Drug-Related Treatment Admissions to Publicly Funded Facilities in Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming, 2008

List of Tables in Appendix A

Table A1. Greatest Drug Threat to the Rocky Mountain HIDTA Region as Reported by State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, by Number of Respondents
Table A2. International, Multistate, and Local Drug Trafficking Organizations Targeted, Disrupted, and Dismantled Through Rocky Mountain HIDTA Initiatives, 2005-2009
Table A3. Number of CPOT, RPOT, and OCDETF Investigations Conducted Within the Rocky Mountain HIDTA Region, 2005-2009

Strategic Drug Threat Developments

The distribution and abuse of Mexican methamphetamine pose the most significant overall drug threat to the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) region. Secondary drug threats vary throughout the region. For example, cocaine distribution and abuse are most prominent in Colorado, particularly in the Denver area, whereas controlled prescription drugs (CPDs), while widely available throughout the region, pose a greater threat to the Salt Lake City, Utah, area. Heroin abuse in the region is increasing as teens and young adults switch from CPDs to Mexican black tar heroin.

Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are the principal suppliers of wholesale quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, and black tar heroin to the Rocky Mountain HIDTA region from locations along the Southwest Border, while West Coast Asian DTOs supply high-potency marijuana and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy) to the region from sources in Canada.

The following are significant strategic drug threat developments in the Rocky Mountain HIDTA region:

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