Medical Marijuana Trafficking in Texas

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Farnipp Golwtz

Mar 10, 2005, 11:27:10 PM3/10/05
TEXAS State Facts
Population: 21,325,018
Law Enforcement Officers: 63,703
State Prison Population: 210,900
Probation Population: 443,682
Violent Crime Rate
National Ranking: 11 2004 Federal Drug Seizures
Cocaine: 15,036.7 kgs.
Heroin: 207.0 kgs.
Methamphetamine: 673.5 kgs.
Marijuana: 460,672.3 kgs.
Ecstasy: 137,752 tablets
Methamphetamine Laboratories: 321 (DEA, state, and local)

Drug Situation:
The greater Dallas/Fort Worth area serves primarily as a drug distribution
and transshipment area. Drug smuggling and transportation are dominated by
major Mexican trafficking organizations. These groups are poly-drug
organizations smuggling methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana to
the Dallas/Fort Worth area for distribution in the Eastern, Southeastern,
and Midwestern United States. The Division's central location, and its
physical and cultural proximity to the Mexican Border, provide a natural
advantage for drug distribution/transshipment throughout the United States.

Due to its geographical location and extensive transportation
infrastructure, the Houston Field Division continues to be a primary
transshipment area for the bulk importation of most major categories of
drugs to include marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine. Drug smuggling and
illicit transportation are primarily dominated by Mexican, Colombian and
Dominican poly-drug trafficking organizations.
The El Paso Division area-of-responsibility covers 54 counties in West Texas
and New Mexico, comprising 778 miles, which is approximately 40% of the
U.S./Mexico Border. The Division has 117 agents, who cover an area that
includes 18 Ports-of-Entry (POE) and USBP Checkpoints, 6 of which are in New
Mexico, in addition to an estimated minimum of 80 illegal crossing points.
Some of these locations are over 100 miles from our offices.

This area of the Southwest is unique because of our location on the
U.S./Mexico border. El Paso and its sister city, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico,
comprise the largest metropolitan area on the border between the U.S. and
Mexico. Nearly 2 million people inhabit the El Paso/Juarez borderplex. Over
1.2 million people reside in Juarez.

The introduction of NAFTA had a major impact on the El Paso/Juarez area. The
people crossing the international bridges on a daily basis and the large
transportation industry available in this area (air, bus, trucking and rail)
provide drug traffickers with innumerable drug and money smuggling
opportunities. Rural, desert-like areas in New Mexico and West Texas,
whether they be large ranches, National Park land backing up to the border,
or some easily crossed places along the Rio Grande, offer tremendous
smuggling opportunities to drug trafficking organizations.

West Texas serves as the gateway for narcotics destined to major
metropolitan areas in the U.S., which is commonly referred to as the El
Paso/Juarez Corridor. Sources-of-supply (SOS) from Mexico move significant
quantities of marijuana and cocaine through the POEs using major east/west
and north/south interstate highways that crisscross through the El Paso
Division. These highways provide the traffickers with transportation routes
for distribution of drugs throughout the country. Drug traffickers also
obtain warehouses in El Paso for stash locations and recruit drivers from
the area to transport the narcotics to various destinations throughout the
U.S. Additional threats to the region are the shipments of controlled
substances via commercial vehicles, including aircraft, buses, and by Amtrak
rail. EL Paso is also considered a hub for significant amounts of drug
proceeds being laundered through small businesses.
The Alpine, Texas Resident Office covers 22,609 miles, 315 of which are
directly on the Southwest Border. This area is largely rural and sparsely
populated, encompassing Big Bend Corridor, a transshipment route for drugs
entering the U.S. from Northeast Mexico. These shipments travel en route to
Midland/Odessa and other cities in the U.S. Criminal organizations based in
Chihuahua, Mexico maintain command and control elements in the
Midland/Odessa area to the north and in the border towns of Presidio and
Redford to the south. Higher echelon members of the criminal organizations
are often extended family members, making penetration of those organizations
extremely difficult.

The Mexican Government is building 4-lane "La Entrada al Pacifico" highway
(95% complete) which will serve as a northeast/southwest trade route from
the port city of Topolobampo, Sinaloa, Mexico, through the Presidio, Texas
POE, and intersects 3 major east-west Interstate highways: I-10, I-20, and
I-40. It is estimated that as much as 30% of the truck traffic will be
diverted from California and El Paso POEs to Presidio. This highway begins
at a deep-water Pacific Ocean port that is over 500 miles closer, and much
less congested than the Port of Los Angeles. This completed route will save
up to four shipping days for goods moving between the Pacific Rim countries
and Texas.

Additionally, the South Orient Railroad (purchased by the State of Texas in
2001), was leased for 40 years to Nuevo Grupo, Mexico, and is expected to
provide not only daily passenger train service but also freight service
between Mexico and the U.S.
Cocaine: North Texas is a distribution and transshipment area for cocaine
that is distributed via passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers to
destinations in the Midwestern, Northern, and Eastern U.S. Intelligence
indicates that organizations operating on the East Coast are interested in
setting up an operation in the greater Dallas area in order to obtain
reliable supplies of cocaine at a lower price than what they pay on the East
Coast. The Houston Division is a major transshipment, distribution, and
consumption center for Colombian cocaine. The narcotics are either shipped
directly to Texas or transshipped through Mexico. Illicit transporters favor
the exploitation of the commercial trucking industry to move bulk
(multi-hundred kilogram) quantities of Colombian cocaine through the Houston
Division. Smaller loads are routinely seized from privately owned vehicles
or from couriers utilizing busses or the airlines. The El Paso/Juarez
corridor serves as a transshipment point for cocaine to various locations in
the U.S. Seized loads range from 50-800 pounds. Cocaine is the drug of
choice among users in New Mexico and the availability is high. The El
Paso/Juarez corridor is the route primarily used to transport cocaine to
Albuquerque and is distributed to other parts of the State from there.
Cocaine is transported through New Mexico by MDTOs at an increasing rate.
Multiple kilogram quantities are routinely seized from commercial trucks,
public transportation and private vehicles. The most common seizures occur
when couriers are interdicted on public transportation with two to three
kilograms of cocaine carried on their body. Cocaine is also readily
available for distribution throughout New Mexico in gram to ounce quantities
for local consumption. Local law enforcement authorities consistently rank
cocaine and crack cocaine distribution and use as their number one drug

Throughout the metropolitan areas of Dallas and Fort Worth, crack cocaine
remains popular and easily attainable. The Dallas metropolitan area serves
as the primary distribution point for crack to outlying areas in North Texas
as well as the states of Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Crack is readily available throughout the Houston Division. It is produced
locally. Crack is trafficked by local organizations along the I-10 corridor
in east Texas to western Louisiana. There is ample availability of "crack"
cocaine in El Paso, where its use is considered low to moderate. In Midland,
Texas, crack cocaine use and distribution is at a level that is considered
dangerous to the quality of life. The crack cocaine abuse is a primary
concern to both local and federal law enforcement agencies in the
Midland/Odessa area. Crack cocaine is readily available throughout New
Mexico, but is most prevalent in urban areas. The majority of the crack
available comes from powder cocaine supplied by MDTOs to local crack
distributors who then convert the powder cocaine into crack. Ethnic gangs
are the primary distributors of crack cocaine in urban areas. Crack poses
the greatest threat to school children, as street level distributors can be
found in all social and economic layers of the community. Of special concern
is the high level of violence associated with crack cocaine traffickers.

Mexican black tar (MBT) heroin remains the primary heroin threat in north
Texas. MBT heroin is readily available throughout north Texas. Based on
intelligence, the greater Dallas Fort Worth area is a distribution point for
MBT heroin shipped to the Eastern, Southeastern, and Midwestern United
States. Intelligence indicates an increase in the availability of Colombian
and Southwest Asian (SWA) heroin in the greater Dallas area. Mexican black
tar and brown heroin are routinely seized in south Texas. In recent years,
the Houston Field Division has been identified as a transshipment point for
kilogram quantities of Colombian heroin destined for the east coast. Small
quantities of Asian heroin are sporadically encountered in south Texas,
smuggled in via courier or seized from the mail. Within the last year, there
has been a noticeable increase in the availability and purity of Mexican
heroin in south Texas. Mexican black tar and brown heroin are routinely
seized at the POEs in El Paso County. Black tar heroin has long been
available in this region from sources in the Mexican States of Durango and
Chihuahua. Heroin is most commonly smuggled in secret compartments in
private vehicles and concealed on persons. The heroin is usually carried
across the border by couriers, however there is a developing trend of heroin
distributors crossing the border with their supply. Heroin availability has
shown a steady increase over the past five years as evidenced by the
increase in kilogram seizures and a steady decrease in price. Enforcement
operations have significantly disrupted the availability of street level
quantities of heroin in the area and briefly reduced the number of overdoses
and overdose deaths. However, in part because heroin use is socially and
culturally accepted in the area, the heroin issue consistently reappears.

Availability of methamphetamine remains high in north Texas, and the pace of
enforcement activities surrounding methamphetamine continues to escalate.
Mexican manufactured methamphetamine is transported to the region through
traditional means, such as passenger and commercial vehicles. Additionally,
small clandestine labs that produce small amounts of extremely high quality
methamphetamine are encountered in both rural and urban areas. Recent
intelligence and seizure analysis indicates an increased availability of
high purity methamphetamine in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex area. Because
of the increased demand, greater availability, and expanding market, the
high purity methamphetamine threat will probably increase.

The availability of both Mexican methamphetamine and locally produced
methamphetamine in the Houston Division is increasing. Mexican
methamphetamine is the primary type found in the Division. It is transported
in multi-pound quantities directly from Mexico or from Mexico via
California. From Houston, methamphetamine is also distributed to the midwest
and the east coast. In Houston, crystallized Methamphetamine (ICE) is being
sold in local clubs and is also being offered by Mexican traffickers.
Domestically produced methamphetamine continues to be manufactured by
motorcycle gangs and independent producers in small batches using
pseudoephedrine, anhydrous ammonia, red phosphorous, iodine, lithium
batteries, or muriatic acid. There are numerous labs operating in East
Texas, Corpus Christi, and Austin. Most of these labs are small, mobile
pseudoephedrine labs that produce small amounts for distribution in the
local area.

Methamphetamine poses a multi-pronged threat in this region. It is available
in multiple kilogram quantities. The majority of methamphetamine seized
originates in Mexico, but arrives in New Mexico from distributors in Los
Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ. Methamphetamine investigations are especially
prevalent in the area known as the Four Corners Region where the States of
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet to form a common border and
along the eastern New Mexico/Texas border. Small, clandestine laboratories
are popular in the area, especially in remote, rural locations in New
Mexico. In Southern New Mexico, closer to Las Cruces and El Paso, the
current preferred process is the "Birch method", that uses chemicals, such
as anhydrous ammonia, to process methamphetamine. Use of the "Birch method"
is believed to be an attempt by small laboratory operators to acquire
non-controlled chemicals for production, in order to subvert law enforcement
scrutiny. Recent intelligence analysis indicates increased seizures of more
"Mom and Pop" methamphetamine labs in the El Paso Division. It is cheaper to
produce methamphetamine for your own use versus buying it on the street.

Predatory/Club Drugs:
Club drugs remain readily available in North Texas. The most frequently
abused of club drugs is "Ecstasy" (MDMA). Intelligence indicates the
increased abuse of Ecstasy among 18 to 24 year old African Americans,
specifically in the greater Dallas area. Asians continue to be involved in
the sale and distribution of MDMA. Intelligence further indicates increased
interest among Mexican traffickers to distribute and sell Ecstasy in the
Dallas/Fort Worth area. The Dallas FD is currently ranked 2nd nationally for
GHB and Rohypnol emergency room visits and above national average in its
emergency room visits for MDMA, Ketamine, LSD, and PCP. The majority of the
MDMA available in the Houston Division continues to originate in Europe,
specifically from Belgium and the Netherlands. MDMA is most commonly
transported via courier through airlines. Recent reporting from Monterrey,
Mexico shows northern Mexico to be an emerging source for MDMA production.
The availability and popularity of MDMA is increasing in the area covered by
the Division. Raves are a primary venue for MDMA distribution, in addition
to clubs and gyms. The number and frequency of raves throughout the area has
increased. Other dangerous drugs readily available and transported through
Houston include Rohypnol, Ketamine, GHB, LSD, and PCP. Several drugs in this
category are more available, due, in part, to El Paso's close proximity to
Juarez, Mexico, where purchases can be made over the counter from
unscrupulous pharmacists. Ecstasy, Rohypnol, and other pharmaceuticals are
being used at Rave parties in El Paso County. The use of these types of
drugs has not skyrocketed, as in other metropolitan areas in the U.S. These
same drugs are available in New Mexico.

Prescription Drugs:
The most common methods of diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances
continue to be illegal and indiscriminate prescribing and "doctor shopping."
Hydrocodone, alprazolam, and benzodiazepene products continue to comprise
the majority of prescription controlled drugs abused in North Texas.
Oxycontin has surpassed hydrocodone as the drug of choice for abusers
seeking pharmaceuticals in the Tyler area. The most commonly abused
pharmaceutical drugs in Houston continue to be Hydrocodone, Promethazine
with Codeine and other Codeine cough syrups, and Benzodiazepines (mostly
Alprazolam). Oxycontin abuse is on the increase, with most illegal
prescriptions being written by pain management doctors. In addition to the
aforementioned, commonly abused pharmaceutical drugs in San Antonio include
Morphine, Dilaudid, Diazepam, Xanax, Tussionex, Lortab, Vicodin, and
Ketamine. The major avenues for diversion continue to be illegal and
indiscriminate prescribing and dispensing, pharmacy theft, employee
pilferage, and forged prescriptions. The diversion of prescription drugs
continues to be a significant enforcement issue. Illegal or improper
prescription practices are the primary source for illegally obtained
prescription drugs, primarily in the
oxycodone/hydrocodone families. Interdiction efforts also indicate that
prescription drug smuggling from Mexico, where these drugs can be sold over
the counter, contributes to the illegal distribution of prescription
medications. Compounding this issue, is the state's severe shortage of
qualified medical personnel which forces state authorities to grant
prescriptive authority to practitioners not licensed in other states. New
Mexico has recently become one of the few states to grant prescribing
authority to psychologists who have no medical or pharmaceutical training.

Drug Proceeds:
The transportation route through the West Texas/New Mexico area includes
drugs coming into the U.S. and money being sent back to Mexico. These drug
proceeds are difficult to trace and seize. Money is often laundered through
legitimate businesses and money exchange houses. Conducting financial
investigations lead to the identification and seizure of assets used to
facilitate drug smuggling operations. Currency seizures also indicate that
New Mexico is being utilized to return drug proceeds to Mexico and to
wholesale distributors in Arizona and California. Two areas of concern for
money laundering activities in the state include:
Approximately 14 Native American owned and operated casinos that handle
billions of dollars in cash and almost completely unregulated by state and
Federal authorities.

In Las Cruces, New Mexico, less than 50 miles from the US/Mexico border,
there are over 200 banking facilities, including many that operate from
private residences and are not FDIC insured. Cities of similar size averaged
5-10 banking facilities.

Marijuana remains readily available and is considered the most widely used
illegal drug throughout the State of Texas. Marijuana in this area is
primarily imported from the Texas/Mexico border via privately owned vehicles
(POV) and commercial trucks. Large quantities of marijuana are routinely
seized by all levels of law enforcement during highway interdiction stops in
the North Texas area. In recent years, increased enforcement activity has
lead to the seizure of several significant indoor marijuana cultivation
operations in North Texas. These operations range in size from 100 to over
1100 plants and have produced marijuana with THC levels as high as 15%.
Mexican marijuana is the most predominantly trafficked drug in the Houston
Division. It is not uncommon for the US Border Patrol to make multi-hundred
pound marijuana seizures from "back packers" at points along the Rio Grande
River, and from vehicles at the US Border Patrol secondary checkpoints in
Texas. At the Ports of Entry, ton quantity seizures of marijuana are often
made from commercial trucking attempting to enter the United States.

Transportation Threat:
The volume of illicit drugs transported through Texas by land, sea, and air
is immense. Tons of drugs pass through Texas and are delivered for local
consumption. Poly-drug transportation groups pose the greatest threat to
Southern Texas. Most drugs are transported through Texas on their way to the
major consumer markets of the midwest and the eastern United States. Drug
related proceeds are then transported back through Texas in bulk quantities
to Mexico and points beyond. Illicit transportation organizations, like
legitimate shipping firms, move whatever product is contracted for by the
drug distribution organizations for delivery to the consumer markets. These
groups, have been targeted by the Houston Division and are the focal point
of this Division's Transportation Initiative. The majority of cases for the
El Paso Division involve the transportation of drugs. The Sierra Blanca,
Texas checkpoint currently has law enforcement officials that perform only
checkpoint responses. Recently there has been an increase in seizures and
cases coming from this checkpoint.

Prescription Drugs:
The most common methods of diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances
continue to be illegal and indiscriminate prescribing and "doctor shopping."
OxyContin abuse is increasing.

DEA Mobile Enforcement Teams:
This cooperative program with state and local law enforcement counterparts
was conceived in 1995 in response to the overwhelming problem of
drug-related violent crime in towns and cities across the nation. Since the
inception of the MET Program, a total of 436 deployments have been completed
nationwide, resulting in 18,318 arrests. There are three DEA Division
offices in Texas: Dallas, El Paso, and Houston. Combined, these three
divisions have completed 37 Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) deployments
throughout the State of Texas since the inception of the program. These
cities are: Arlington, Wichita Falls, Tyler, Athens (2), Paris, Greenville,
Terrell, Mt. Pleasant, Henderson, Corsicana, Brownwood, Ft. Worth (2),
Sherman, Texarkana, Grand Prairie, Odessa, Midland, El Paso (2), Galveston,
Orange County, Port Arthur, East Harris County, Freeport, Kingsville, Corpus
Christie, Victoria, Tomball, Nacogdoches, Humble, Huntsville, Smith County,
Monahans/Odessa, Richmond, and Montgomery County.
DEA Regional Enforcement Teams: This program was designed to augment
existing DEA division resources by targeting drug organizations operating in
the United States where there is a lack of sufficient local drug law
enforcement. This program was conceived in 1999 in response to the threat
posed by drug trafficking organizations that have established networks of
cells to conduct drug trafficking operations in smaller, non-traditional
trafficking locations in the United States. As of January 31, 2005, there
have been 27 deployments nationwide, and one deployment in the U.S. Virgin
Islands, resulting in 671 arrests. There have been four RET deployments in
the State of Texas since the inception of the program: McAllen, Laredo,
Dallas, and El Paso.
More information about the Dallas, El Paso and Houston Division Offices.
Factsheet last updated: 2/2005
Click here for last year's 2004 factsheet>>

Dave Wagner

Mar 11, 2005, 2:07:22 PM3/11/05
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certainly is a Master Impostor, Information Manipulator Extraordinaire
and Censor Almighty.

Special Thanks to <do not reply> for the character... I think he looks
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