›› Florida: Drug
Florida is a prime area for international drug trafficking and money laundering
organizations, and a principal thoroughfare for cocaine and heroin transiting
to the northeastern United States and Canada. Florida leads the nation in
ecstasy seizures. And Miami International Airport (MIA) is a major entry
point for South American heroin into the U.S.
Cocaine is readily available in multi-kilogram amounts throughout Florida and
is the primary drug of concern. Crack cocaine and its association with violent
crime continues to be a major problem in Florida. Crack cocaine is available
throughout Florida and remains a drug of choice for many in the lower socio-economic
areas of the state.
From CY 1998 through CY 2001, Florida was second in heroin seizures nationwide
(in CY 1997 Florida was first). Heroin is readily available throughout Florida,
with the highest concentrations in the central and southern parts of the
Meth is the primary drug of concern in Central Florida. Clandestine methamphetamine
lab seizures have taken an explosive upturn in Florida. The labs in Florida
tend to be small, quick cook labs, which produce an average of between 1
1/2 to 2 ounces of methamphetamine per batch.
- Club Drugs
Ecstasy is the most readily available dangerous drug throughout Florida. LSD
remains available, however seizures are rare. GHB is also readily available
in Florida, especially in and around colleges and universities.
Marijuana, both domestically grown and imported, is readily available throughout
Florida. Marijuana from high-tech domestic indoor grow operations is available
for those who can afford to purchase it. The Panhandle region continues to
be a transit area for marijuana from Mexico.