Last month, the DEA released its National Drug Threat Assessment for the 2020 fiscal year. The report discusses what the DEA considers to be the biggest drug trafficking threat to the U.S. Mexican “transnational criminal organizations,” and the types of drug offenses the DEA is most focused on investigating and prosecuting.
The report contains useful information such as the prices of several drugs such as fentanyl, meth, and cocaine, as well as information regarding purity levels. The report reflects consumption patterns, data regarding thefts and robberies of controlled substances from pharmacies and other businesses, statistics reflecting the locations where most drugs are seized or trafficked through, by type of drug, and even the effect of COVID-19 on drug trafficking.
The report also includes the current status of marijuana legalization and decriminalization across the country, though the report was issued before New York, Virginia, and other states passed legislation legalizing recreational and/or medical marijuana. The report includes useful information explaining how grow houses work, how potency is increased in marijuana, and other data regarding marijuana cultivation and trafficking. Synthetic THC is also addressed in the report.
Click here to read the NDTA.