Drug trafficking in Minnesota is, for the most part, controlled by the Mexican drug cartels. All kinds of drugs are easily available in the state, including cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and small amounts of black tar heroin.
Cocaine is readily available throughout Minnesota. Once cocaine comes into the state, it is converted into crack cocaine and distributed by the street gangs. As a result, Minnesota has experienced a big increase in gang-related violence, including thefts and prostitution.
Mexican heroin is sometimes available in Minnesota, though its use and abuse has been declining over the past ten years. This is despite the increased purity and lower street price of the drug. Hospitals in Minnesota are, however, continuing to report a large number of admissions attributed to heroin abuse.
Methamphetamine use has become a concern in Minnesota. Over the past twenty years, methamphetamine abuse has increased significantly. It is available throughout the state. Since the ban on ephedrine, the number of methamphetamine laboratories have declined across the state, though they are still in existence. Law enforcement officials continue to discover these dangerous labs, which pose an environmental and safety concern to the community. The methamphetamine business is lucrative and has led to the establishment of several violent drug cartels who control the trade in Minnesota.
The use of club drugs has increased throughout Minnesota at nightclubs and rave parties. MDMA (ecstasy), GHB, PCP, LSD and Ketamine (special K) are in heavy supply, especially in cities and towns with colleges and universities. The majority of these club drugs come into the state from Canada, New York, California and Texas.
Marijuana ranks as the second most abused drug among teenagers in Minnesota. A large amount of marijuana is grown in Minnesota. The large farming area has made it tough for law enforcement to catch the growers. Indoor plots have been discovered in most of rural Minnesota.
Prescription drug abuse in Minnesota has risen exponentially. Oxycontin is the most abused prescription drug, with methadone, diazepam, Lortab and Xanax are also heavily abused. Some of these drugs enter the state from Mexico and the Southwest. Klonopin is a prescription drug that has increased in supply in Minnesota. These drugs are obtained from illegal sources, such as forged prescriptions and Internet purchases.
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P.O. Box 64977,
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0977
or call 651-431-2460
St. Paul 651-227-5502
Call (651) 829-3047