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State Facts

Population: 6,114,745
Law Enforcement Officers: 12,551
State Prison Population: 34,800
Probation Population: 104,116
Violent Crime Rate National Ranking: 26

Drug Situation: Indiana is an active drug transportation and distribution area.

The northern part of Indiana lies on Lake Michigan, which is a major waterway within the St. Lawrence Seaway system providing international shipping for all sections of the Midwest.

Seven interstate highway systems and 20 U.S. highways provide interstate and intrastate links for drug trafficking, especially with the southwest border and California.

Highway (automobile and trucking) and airline trafficking are the primary means of drug importation, with busing systems as a secondary means.

Mexican criminal groups are the primary wholesale distributors of marijuana, powdered cocaine, and methamphetamine within Indiana.

2004 Federal Drug Seizures

Cocaine: 100.0 kgs.
Heroin: 0.1 kgs.
Methamphetamine: 17.5 kgs.
Marijuana: 986.6 kgs.
Ecstasy: 958 tablets
Methamphetamine Laboratories: 525 (DEA, state, and local)

Cocaine: Powdered cocaine is readily available throughout the state, and crack cocaine is primarily available within the urban areas.

Most of the heavily populated areas continue to experience shootings and other acts of violence over drug debts.

Mexican trafficking organizations distribute cocaine to Caucasian, African American, and other Hispanic groups.

Heroin: Heroin is not readily available in central and southern Indiana.

In northern Indiana, Southeast Asian white heroin has decreased and has been replaced by Mexican brown and black tar heroin.

Heroin abusers range in age from teenagers to older adults.

Hispanic trafficking organizations transport and distribute Mexican heroin.

Methamphetamine Lab Siezures: 2000=362, 2001=521, 2002=722, 2003=905, 2004=525

Methamphetamine: The influx of methamphetamine into Indiana has increased from year to year.

Mexican trafficking organizations are transporting from 15 to 25 pounds at a time with a purity level ranging from 25 to 85 percent.

The Mexican organizations are noted for cutting the product two or three times before distribution.

The product is manufactured in Mexico or the southwestern states and transported into Indiana.

The local methamphetamine distributors operating small toxic labs sell a better quality product with a purity of 30 to 40 percent, but do not produce large enough quantities to support wholesale distribution.

The small individual operations of independent entrepreneurs produce enough methamphetamine for their own use and that of their friends.

They may also sell small amounts.

These small toxic labs, usually constructed in barns or residential homes, do not produce enough for retail distribution.

Club Drugs: The abuse of club drugs such as Ecstasy (MDMA), GHB, Ketamine, and LSD is not a significant problem, and for the most part, has remained stable.

There have been small seizures of 20 to 30 pill quantities.

The MDMA is produced in foreign countries and smuggled into port cities of the United Stated and eventually to Indiana.

There has been a slight increase in liquid PCP.

Marijuana: Marijuana abuse remains a significant problem within Indiana.

Marijuana produced in Mexico is transported and distributed by Mexican organizations.

Transportation is usually by tractor-trailers in multi-hundred pound quantities.

Locally produced marijuana is cultivated throughout Indiana at indoor and outdoor grow sites.

The outdoor sites are usually located in farm fields, wooded areas, National Forests, public lands, or near riverbanks.

Indoor grows are located in private residences or large barn-type building on private land.

As a result of DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program, the Indiana State Police eradicated 220,000,000 plants growing wild in northern Indiana.

Other Drugs: Pseudoephedrine: The diversion of over-the-counter pseudoephedrine products is a major contributor to clandestine methamphetamine manufacturing.

Retail stores, a source of pseudoephedrine for clandestine manufacturers, monitor inappropriate retail level purchases by individuals.

OxyContin continues to be a threat.

In addition, hydrococone and benzodiazepines remain the primary pharmaceutical drugs abused throughout the state of Indiana.

In 2004, the state of Indiana will be expanding the prescription-monitoring program to include Schedule II to Schedule V pharmaceutical controlled substances.

Drug-Violation Arrests: 2000=482, 2001=677, 2002=433, 2003=385, 2004=391

DEA Mobile Enforcement Teams: This cooperative program with state and local law enforcement counterparts was conceived in 1995 in response to the overwhelming problem of drug-related violent crime in towns and cities across the nation.

Since the inception of the MET Program, a total of 436 deployments have been completed nationwide, resulting in 18,318 arrests.

There have been five MET deployments in the State of Indiana since the inception of the program, in Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Michigan City, Hammond, and Terre Haute.

DEA Regional Enforcement Teams: This program was designed to augment existing DEA division resources by targeting drug organizations operating in the United States where there is a lack of sufficient local drug law enforcement.

This program was conceived in 1999 in response to the threat posed by drug trafficking organizations that have established networks of cells to conduct drug trafficking operations in smaller, non-traditional trafficking locations in the United States.

As of January 31, 2005, there have been 27 deployments nationwide, and one deployment in the U.S. Virgin Islands, resulting in 671 arrests.

There have been no RET deployments in the State of Indiana.

Special Topics: During October 1997, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) designated a single county in northwest Indiana as the Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (Lake County HIDTA). The Lake County HIDTA consists of several state, county, local, and federal agencies.

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