Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area: Drug Market Analysis 2011   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The drug threat in the Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) region (see Map A1 in Appendix A) has increased over the past year because of rising levels of cocaine, heroin, and ice methamphetamine availability--the result of an expanded presence of Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) in the area. The distribution and abuse of crack cocaine remain the most significant drug threat to the Lake County HIDTA region (see Table B1 in Appendix B). However, heroin availability and abuse have increased significantly raising the threat posed by the drug. In addition, several other drugs are a concern within the HIDTA region. For instance, marijuana is widely available, including high-potency locally produced marijuana. Methamphetamine demand, although increasing, is relatively low and there is little methamphetamine production occurring in the region. The availability and abuse of controlled prescription drugs (CPDs) and other dangerous drugs vary throughout the HIDTA region and pose an increasing threat. Mexican DTOs supply most of the wholesale quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and high-purity ice methamphetamine available in the region. Street gangs, such as Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings, and Vice Lords control most retail-level drug distribution in Lake County, particularly in East Chicago, Gary, and Hammond (IN)."

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