"This assessment provides a strategic overview of the illicit drug situation in the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), 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 policy makers, resource planners, and law enforcement officials with a focused discussion of key drug issues and developments facing the North Florida HIDTA region. The North Florida HIDTA region's significance as a transit area to drug markets throughout Florida is increasing because of its proximity to Atlanta, Georgia; Atlanta has recently emerged as the primary source for cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana distributed in central and northern Florida and as a secondary source for these drugs in South Florida. Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are increasing their influence over the wholesale distribution of cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine-particularly ice methamphetamine-a development that is threatening to undermine recent gains that North Florida HIDTA-sponsored task forces have made against overall illicit drug activity in the region. Methamphetamine distribution and abuse are increasing in the North Florida HIDTA region, and the drug has emerged as the greatest drug threat in many rural areas of the region."
United States Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center: http://www.usdoj.gov/ndic/