2009 drug situation facts show that historically, the mid-Atlantic region has served as a thoroughfare for drugs, weapons, drug related proceeds, and other contraband traveling along the east coast of the United States. According to most law enforcement sources, along with the violence that comes along with the trafficking of drugs, the drugs that create the most problems in the State of Virginia are cocaine and crack cocaine. Heroin abuse is on the rise in some areas of Virginia as well as pharmaceutical drug abuse being a problem.
Powder and crack forms of cocaine are widespread throughout the state of Virginia in retail and wholesale quantities. Violence continues to be associated with crack cocaine trade in urban areas. Cocaine is a very powerful and addictive stimulant that affects the brain. A form of cocaine that has been processed to form a substance that is smoked is called crack.
There has been consistent long term heroin abuse in the Richmond and Tidewater areas of Virginia. The problem is less obvious but heroin distribution is present in other areas of the state as well. Most of the heroin found in Virginia is usually higher in purity than the heroin found in surrounding states. In other parts of the state, heroin is packaged in small, marked or colored Ziploc baggies, but in the Norfolk area, it’s packaged mostly in gelatin capsules.
Marijuana in Virginia is the most abused drug in the state. Commercial grade marijuana that’s imported from Mexico and transported through the southwestern U.S. is the type that’s most available. High potency marijuana is quite often imported from Canada but, is also available in Virginia. During the spring and summer, outdoor marijuana cultivation increases. Indoor grows are becoming increasingly common.
Due to the passage of State and Federal laws regulating precursors, localized manufacture of crystal meth that was increasing at one time, has now decreased. On the far southwestern corner of the state bordering West Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky there is still lab activity going on. Much of the available methamphetamine that’s attainable in Virginia is brought in to the area by Mexican traffickers from sources in Mexico, Georgia, and North Carolina. In Richmond, the gay community also imports methamphetamine from Washington and California.
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