"This assessment provides a strategic overview of the illicit drug situation in the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) region, highlighting significant trends and law enforcement concerns related to the trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs. The report was prepared through detailed analysis of recent law enforcement reporting, information obtained through interviews with law enforcement and public health officials, and available statistical data. The report is designed to provide policymakers, resource planners, and law enforcement officials with a focused discussion of key drug issues and developments facing the Milwaukee HIDTA. The heroin abuser population in Milwaukee, which had been limited to small networks of inner-city residents, has changed. Caucasian males and females from suburban areas and smaller outlying towns are coming to Milwaukee in increasing numbers to purchase heroin for personal use or to sell to friends and acquaintances. In addition, the mean age of heroin users has decreased; abusers now include senior high school age youth. Canada-based Vietnamese criminal groups have increased their transportation of high-potency marijuana into Milwaukee, primarily through Detroit, Michigan, increasing the availability of the drug in the region. Traffickers use Milwaukee as a transit location for khat shipments that originate in England, France, Germany, and Italy, destined for Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sixty Latin Kings members were indicted in 2006, severely disrupting the criminal activities of the street gang; however, other members are poised to take over drug markets vacated by the indicted members."
United States Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center: http://www.usdoj.gov/ndic/