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In 2009 trafficking and use of methamphetamine was the main concern for public health officials and law enforcement in North Dakota. At that time, no specific drug trafficking organization dominated methamphetamine distribution. Mexican organizations transport methamphetamine into North Dakota by Greyhound buses, Amtrak trains, and privately owned vehicles. The U.S. mail and Federal Express is another way smaller quantities are brought in.


Methamphetamine produced by Mexican organizations that are based in California and Washington are transported into the state and distributed. This drug is also produced in small laboratories that only have the capabilities of producing a few ounces of methamphetamine at a time. Legislation was passed through the North Dakota State General Assembly that requires every individual to show a photo ID for the purchase of any product that contains pseudoephedrine. This is a decongestant you would use for nasal congestion. There has been a sudden decline in thefts of ‘anhydrous ammonia’ that is commonly used in the ‘birch’ methamphetamine manufacturing method since legislations was passed.


Canadian drug organizations from Vancouver and Manitoba use North Dakota’s border with Canada to bring in hydroponically generated marijuana and B.C. Bud. The bulk of marijuana coming through is destined for areas outside of North Dakota. Hydroponically generated ‘marijuana is medically approved marijuana’ and B.C. Bud is a ‘potent’ form of marijuana. Marijuana cultivation locally is done on a very small scale.

Marijuana is a mind altering drug that is made up of dried shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers from the hemp plant.


Heroin use and distribution in 2009 did not pose a significant problem in North Dakota. Trafficking of this drug was a low priority for law enforcement in the state. Almost the entire amount of heroin that has obtained by law enforcement is mainly in Fargo. Black tar heroin from Mexico is the kind found in Fargo.

Heroin is a very addictive drug that comes from opium. This drug can be injected, snorted or smoked.


Methamphetamine surpassed cocaine several years ago making cocaine no longer a stimulant of choice. Methamphetamine is extremely addictive; this stimulant affects the central nervous system.

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