South Carolina is both a transit state and a distribution area for illicit drugs
in the eastern United States. Most drugs are transported into the state via
private and commercial vehicles. Heroin constitutes a low threat to South Carolina,
and availability and abuse are concentrated in urban areas and coastal regions
of the state. The state has a significant problem with the abuse of OxyContin
and its diversion facilitated by doctors associated with pain management clinics.
The primary drug of abuse in the State of South Carolina is cocaine,
and its derivative cocaine base (crack). Multi kilogram cocaine investigations
and seizures are common place throughout the state.
While heroin is present in South Carolina it is not considered a significant
threat in the state. Most of the users are concentrated in urban areas and
coastal regions in the state.
Methamphetamine trafficking in South Carolina is a significant threat to the
state. The primary traffickers of methamphetamine are Mexican immigrants
both legal and illegal.
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During the past year there has been a significant increase in Ecstasy distribution
throughout South Carolina, with traffickers operating out of the state capitol
in Columbia distributing a significant portion of the Ecstasy sold.
Marijuana is the most prevalent illegal drug of abuse in South Carolina, with
Mexico the most common source location. In addition to the marijuana brought
into the state from Mexico and other locations, there is a smaller amount
of domestic marijuana cultivation taking place within South Carolina because
of the recent unfavorable growing conditions.