New Jersey presents an attractive transportation hub for drug organizations,
as well as a major challenge for law enforcement entities combating this
illicit activity. While Colombian and Dominican drug organizations predominantly
control heroin and cocaine trafficking, recent intelligence indicates that
Mexican traffickers from the West Coast are now moving cocaine shipments
into the New Jersey and New York areas.
New Jersey is a transshipment area for cocaine which is transported
by various means, including shipping, tractor-trailers, commercial air and
private vehicles. Cocaine is predominantly distributed by Colombian and Dominican
nationals who supply Puerto Rican, African-Americans, and Caucasians who
distribute at the street level.
Since the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, there has been
an increase in the availability of heroin in New Jersey. This has been primarily
attributed to the increased law enforcement presence in New York.
While New Jersey has not traditionally been known as a leading methamphetamine
distribution center, it does appear to be available.
- Club Drugs
Club drugs, most notably MDMA (Ecstasy), have regained popularity in the southeastern
areas of the state. As a result of increased availability, prices have come
Marijuana remains readily available throughout New Jersey. Large shipments
are believed to be smuggled south from Canada. Marijuana continues to gain
attractiveness among the younger generation in New Jersey, due in part to
increased availability, low cost, and the perception that it is a safer drug
than cocaine or heroin.