›› Colorado: Drug
The marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin distribution in Colorado
is controlled mainly by Mexican trafficking organizations. Club drugs are
primarily distributed by independent traffickers with various supply sources,
both overseas and within the United States. Street gangs connected to criminal
organizations in California, Texas, and Mexico facilitate all types of drug
distribution throughout the state.
Did you know . . .
- The number of Coloradans using meth has more than doubled from 2000 to
- The 2007 New Year's holiday, the number of DUI arrests in Colorado hit
a new high.
- 80 percent of inmates in the Colorado prison system have substance-abuse
Officials report a steady flow of cocaine coming into Colorado. Large amounts
of cocaine are brought in from Mexico by trafficking organizations. Street
level amounts of crack is also common in the larger metropolitan areas
Mexican black tar heroin and, to a lesser degree, Mexican brown heroin
are available in the major metropolitan areas of Colorado. Heroin availability
and use appears to be increasing in Colorado.
In Colorado, methamphetamine generally comes from Mexico and large-scale
laboratories in California. The potency of Mexican meth has recently
risen to levels on par with that made in smaller, local clandestine labs.
Clandestine labs create public safety and environmental problems out
of proportion to the volume of meth produced. Clandestine lab operators
can get chemical precursors from legitimate businesses such as drug stores,
discount stores, chemical suppliers, and agricultural supply warehouses.
- Club Drugs
DEA investigations show that club drug trafficking and abuse often involves
prostitution, pornography, and violence. MDMA is usually distributed
by independent traffickers with both foreign and domestic suppliers.
LSD, GHB, and Ketamine are also commonly found in the nightclub scene.
Marijuana is common throughout Colorado, and is the most widely abused
drug in the state. The largest supply of marijuana is from Mexico and
is brought in by drug trafficking organizations. “BC Bud”, a significantly
more expensive and very potent variety, is smuggled in from British Columbia,
and the Pacific Northwest. Colorado’s Amendment 20, in effect since June
1, 2001, permits use and possession of small amounts of marijuana for
sick and dying patients. It provides protection from prosecution under
state law, where the majority of marijuana small-use and possession cases