From October 2001 till May 2002, Large amounts of U.S. currency representing money from drug trafficking was seized on Mississippi Interstate highways. This money was mostly found in private and commercial vehicles. Mississippi is a major trans-shipment spot for large quantities of illegal drugs coming from the southwest border to areas north and east. At this time, Mississippi was also having an increase in methamphetamine manufacturing; this was a considerable amount of concern for law enforcement. North Mississippi obtains much of its supply of drugs from the Memphis and Tennessee area.
Some of the drugs that have been a problem in Mississippi are:
In 2008 the following information concerning the illegal drugs in Mississippi are as follows:
Cocaine, crack for the most part, is the predominant drug threat in Mississippi. The addiction rate is high with this drug and cocaine is easy to get. Colombian and Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations as well as African American criminal groups are responsible for most of the powdered cocaine being transported by private and commercial vehicles through the state. Cocaine is a very powerful and addictive stimulant that affects the brain. 'Crack' cocaine is a form of cocaine that has been processed to form a substance that can be smoked.
Due to the high cost of heroin there is a small demand for the drug therefore; it is considered a minimal threat in Mississippi. Heroin is a very addictive drug that comes from opium. This drug can be injected, snorted or smoked.
Methamphetamine comes in second as far as being a threat in Mississippi. There are indications that methamphetamine is replacing crack cocaine because of availability, the cost is low, and the effect is long lasting. Caucasian independent groups are primarily responsible for methamphetamine being manufactured in Mississippi. Methamphetamine is extremely addictive; this stimulant affects the central nervous system.
Marijuana is the drug abused most frequently and the availability is very high. For young adults and teens, marijuana seems to be the drug of choice when beginning to experiment with drug use. Marijuana that is grown locally and is intended for local consumption. It is very common for Mexican marijuana to be transported through Mississippi. All forms of this drug are psychoactive and change how the brain works.
Club drugs, hallucinogens and steroids are not as big of a threat as other drugs in Mississippi. Club Drugs refer to a group of psychoactive drugs that are becoming more abused by teens and young adults at bars, nightclubs, concerts, parties, and raves.
Pharmaceutical drugs are a popular means for getting drugs illegally. Prescription forgeries and doctor shopping is a way of getting these drugs. Internet pharmacies are becoming popular in spite of the high cost since no prescription is needed.