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Drug Trafficking Methods in the United States

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Drug Trafficking‭ ‬Methods‭ ‬in the United States

‭ ‬In‭ ‬2009,‭ ‬the United States Customs and Border Control seized over‭ ‬1,626‭ ‬tons of illegal drugs.‭   “‬The United States Customs and Border Control‭ (‬CPB‭)‬,‭ ‬is one of the Department of Homeland Security‭’‬s largest and most complex components,‭ ‬with a priority mission of keeping‭ ‬terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S.‭ ‬It also has‭ ‬a responsibility for securing and facilitating trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S.‭ ‬regulations,‭ ‬including immigration and drug laws.‭”‬ (CBP.gov‭) ‬The CBP along with the United States Coast Guard seizes illegal drugs such as cocaine,‭ ‬heroin,‭ ‬marijuana,‭ ‬and methamphetamine entering into the United States in various ways.‭ ‬Some of these ways are through ground transport by motor vehicle,‭ ‬maritime transport by boats and semisubmersibles,‭ ‬and transport by using the human body.‭   ‬In this paper I will‭ ‬discuss several different methods in which illegal drugs are being trafficked into the United States.‭  

In‭ ‬2009,‭ ‬1,588,703‭ ‬kilograms of illegal drugs‭ ‬were seized in the United States while being transported by land either on the Mexican and Canadian boarders‭; ‬marijuana held the highest amount brought into the country‭ (‬National Drug Threat Assessment‭ ‬2010‭)‬.‭   ‬The use of motor vehicles,‭ ‬privet and commercial use,‭ ‬all-terrain vehicles,‭ ‬and carriers on foot traffic drugs across the‭ ‬border and‭ ‬throughout the United‭ ‬States.‭

The United States Boarder Control have come across many different ways that drug cartels disguise and hide illegal drugs for ground‭ ‬transportation.‭ ‬Drugs have been discovered in in obvious places in motor vehicles such as in bags put into the trunk,‭ ‬but there have also been instances where drugs have been put into tires or hidden within parts of the motor vehicle.‭   ‬On July‭ ‬26,‭ ‬2009,‭ ‬U.S.‭ ‬Customs and Border Protection seized over‭ ‬85‭ ‬pounds on marijuana from a‭ ‬minivan...

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