WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Drug
Intelligence Center (NDIC), a component of the Department of Justice and
the nation's principal center for strategic drug intelligence, has released
the 2008 National Methamphetamine Threat Assessment. This strategic
assessment presents an analysis of key trends and developments regarding
methamphetamine production, transportation, distribution, and abuse in the
United States. The assessment also offers an in-depth strategic predictive
analysis of future trends.
Despite progress in reducing domestic methamphetamine production,
methamphetamine trafficking and abuse remain a significant threat in the
United States. Methamphetamine produced in Mexico continues to dominate the
U.S. drug market. Preliminary 2007 methamphetamine seizure data, compared
with data in 2006, indicate the possibility of a decrease in
methamphetamine production in Mexico. Some drug markets in the western
United States report sporadic and temporary shortages of methamphetamine,
while markets in other regions report stable or increasing availability.
Mexican methamphetamine distribution networks are expanding in many U.S.
drug markets, supplanting local distributors and methamphetamine-related
crime, such as identity theft, is increasing. Canadian methamphetamine
production has increased with some of this production intended for
distribution in the United States.
In addition to the national-level strategic assessment, the report
includes overviews of the methamphetamine situation in each of nine
Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) regions covering the
country. OCDETF is a federal drug enforcement program that focuses
attention and resources on the disruption and dismantling of major drug
trafficking organizations. OCDETF provides a framework for federal, state,
and local law enforcement agencies to work together to target
well-established and complex organizations that direct, finance, or engage
in illegal narcotics trafficking and related crimes.
In preparing the 2008 National Methamphetamine Threat Assessment, NDIC
partnered with federal and state agencies in the collection of data and
information. A copy of the 2008 National Methamphetamine Threat Assessment
can be found at: http://www.usdoj.gov/ndic/pubs26/26594/index.htm.
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice