Like every other state in the country, Nebraska is battling drug abuse problems among its population. Regardless of where a person lives, it is relatively easy to get access to prescription and nonprescription opioids. Easy opioid access is making drug abuse one of the biggest health crises of the modern-day. Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are leading to many overdose deaths. Much of the illicit fentanyl and other drugs in the United States come from countries like China and Mexico. This creates a valid reason to examine the current state of drug trafficking.
Drug trafficking statistics
According to the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Mexican drug cartels control a large share of the drugs that are smuggled into the United States. They are also active in the distribution of drugs within the United States. The African continent is another emerging threat. It is a transit point to ship drugs to criminal organizations in South America and Asia, and the drugs from these organizations make their way back into the US.
US drug trafficking
The Drug Enforcement Agency is working to reduce the number of drugs sent across the US borders. However, drug traffickers are also ramping up their communication and transportation methods. They use encrypted technology and social media as a form of communication and to recruit new members to their organizations. Newer smuggling techniques increase the challenges that drug enforcement agencies face when it comes to monitoring and cracking down on the operations of drug cartels.
The six drugs accounting for most drug traffic offenses are oxycodone, crack, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin and marijuana. Not surprisingly, the districts with the most drug trafficking include Western Texas, Southern Texas, Arizona, Southern California and New Mexico, as these are border states.
Stemming the tide of drug trafficking is an ongoing fight. However, one can be sure that as drug traffickers increase the complexity of the organizations, government agencies designed to prevent drug trafficking will also adjust strategies to minimize the number of illicit products that find their way into the United States.