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Cartels' Marijuana, Heroin, Meth Juggled to Keep Cash Flowing

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 09:58 AM

Illegal marijuana business is slowing down due to legalization, so Mexican drug cartels are sending more heroin and meth over the border instead.

The Washington Post reported this week that the amount of cannabis seized by federal, state, and local law enforcement in the border states has fallen a whopping 37 percent since 2011. That correlates with an increase in marijuana legalization in the U.S., and an uptick in seizures of heroin and meth.

"Legalization of marijuana for recreational use has given U.S. consumers access to high-quality marijuana, with genetically improved strains, grown in greenhouses. That's why the Mexican cartels are switching to heroin and meth," said Raul Benitez-Manaut, a drug-war expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University.

Since 2009, heroin seizures along the border have tripled, and meth seizures have quintupled. In fact, these days 90 percent of meth found across the U.S. originated in Mexico.

"Criminal organizations are no longer going for bulk marijuana. Hard drugs are the growing trend, and they’re profitable in small amounts," said Sidney Aki, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection port director for south San Diego.

In first-stop cities along the illegal trade routes, such as Tucson, Arizona, have rapidly growing substance abuse trends marked by emergency room admissions and overdose deaths.

According to AZCentral.com, the DEA has reported that those previously addicted to painkillers like oxycodone are switching to heroin, which is in most cases vastly cheaper. With poppy harvesting up in Mexico, $10 doses of heroin are flooding the U.S.

Experts say that along with a multi-year dip in marijuana seizures, cocaine seizures have also decreased. Because cocaine is more costly to produce and mostly comes from South America it is a more complicated product to source and process than heroin and meth, which can be sourced and processed in Mexico.



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