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How Drug Trafficking Effects the United States

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How Drug Trafficking Effects the United States

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ENG 122
March 11, 2012

How Drug Trafficking Effects the United States

Drug trafficking in the United States has established itself to be one of the most profitable businesses in today’s world (U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, 2004). There is such a high demand as more people buy, use and sell drugs for a variety of reasons, not really knowing all the risk that are at stake. With new laws in affect and more determined citizens of the U.S. everyone can help keep the streets clean. Drug trafficking is at an all-time high and must be brought to a halt.

The country’s borders make the most important part in the process of reducing drug trafficking in the U.S. Drug law enforcement agencies face enormous challenges when it comes to protecting the country’s borders because drugs are brought in the U.S. through a variety of ways, and through diverse groups. Each year according to the U.S. Customs Service, millions of people enter the U.S. on commercial, private planes, by sea, land, and through merchant and passenger ships, along with millions of containers and cargo that are said to be used in drug trafficking (U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, 2004).

Drug Trafficking refers to the production, selling, transportation, and illegal import of unlawful controlled substances (Alcohol, Tobacco, and illicit drugs, 2008). Trafficked drugs are dated back to the early 19th century where drugs, were and still is being produced in thousands of countries around the world. Many popular drugs that are being used today were produced and used back then also, but mostly only for medical reasons. Many of the restricted drugs today were once completely legal, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD also known as acid, opium and methamphetamine just to name a few. The United States law enforcement has been working very diligently to reduce the imported drugs that are being distributed throughout the neighborhoods of this country. Among all the traffic in and out of the U.S. here...