New York City is one of the most significant drug destinations and distribution
centers in the United States. Heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and MDMA have
the most significant impact on New York. In the last six months, methamphetamine-related
incidents have increased, however, methamphetamine trafficking and abuse
has a lesser impact on New York than the previously mentioned illegal drugs.
Colombia-based distributors continue to supply New York's top cocaine
rings. Cocaine is distributed at the retail level via street sales and sales
in businesses such as bars and small grocery stores. Retail level cocaine
organizations that deliver to homes and offices via car service are becoming
more prominent in New York City. Crack cocaine, while much less of a problem
than in the late 1980s and early 1990s, continues to be available in economically
depressed areas in all major New York cities.
South American heroin is by far the most common type of heroin available in
New York. Dime bags are most frequently sold in "bundles" of
ten for $100.
Meth trafficking and abuse is a limited but growing problem in New York.
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Most of New York City's meth supply is from the west coast via couriers who
fly to the west coast, pick up one-half pound to a kilogram of meth and then
return to the New York area. Almost all ecstasy pills are sold with logos
stamped in, creating brands for users to seek out.
Most of the marijuana entering the New York City area, and some upstate regions,
arrives via airfreight or auto/truck transport from Florida, Canada, or the
southwestern United States. A large percentage of marijuana trafficking within
the New York City area continues to be dominated by individuals with past
or present Traditional Organized Crime associations.