New Mexico falls within the El Paso Division area of responsibility.
The El Paso Division covers 54 counties in western Texas and New Mexico, comprising 778 miles (approximately 40 percent of the United States/Mexico Border. The El Paso Division has 45 agents in New Mexico, covering an area that includes three Ports-of-Entry (POE) and six checkpoints. The border area between New Mexico and Mexico is sparsely populated and has limited natural or man made barriers to illegal crossing. This, coupled with an extensive road network that traverses the state in all directions, makes New Mexico a haven for the transshipment of illegal drugs from Mexico to destination points throughout the United States. New Mexico’s proximity to the El Paso/Juarez area is an additional vulnerability to illegal drugs smuggled through the major POEs. Additional threats to the region are the shipments of controlled substances via commercial vehicles, including aircraft, buses, and by Amtrak rail. New Mexico is also considered a hub for significant amounts of drug proceeds being laundered through small businesses.
Cocaine: Cocaine is transported through New Mexico by MDTOs at an increasing rate. Multiple kilogram quantities are routinely seized from commercial trucks, public transportation and private vehicles. The most common seizures are privately owned vehicles interdicted with ten to fifty kilograms of Cocaine concealed in their vehicle. Cocaine interdicted in New Mexico is typically destined for Denver, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, and Chicago. Recent Cocaine interdictions indicate a possible shift to other destination cites in the Midwest and East Coast.
Heroin: Mexican black tar and brown Heroin are routinely seized at the POEs in New Mexico. Black tar Heroin has long been available in this region from sources in the Mexican states of Sinaloa, Michoacan, and Nayarit. Heroin is most commonly smuggled in secret compartments in private vehicles and concealed on persons. In Albuquerque, Mexican black tar Heroin is the most readily available and widely abused. The Heroin is usually carried across the border by couriers. Northern New Mexico has a high availability of Mexican black tar Heroin and is a major problem for local law enforcement agencies.
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine poses a multi-pronged threat in this region. It is available in multi-kilogram quantities. While clandestine lab seizures in New Mexico have dropped precipitously over the last year. Patrol Checkpoints and highway interdiction stops. The majority of Methamphetamine seized originates in Mexico, but arrives in New Mexico from distributors in Los Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ operating as part of larger Mexican poly-drug trafficking organizations.
Prescription Drugs: The diversion of prescription drugs continues to be a significant enforcement issue. Illegal or improper prescription practices are the primary source for illegally obtained prescription drugs, primarily in the Oxycodone/hydrocodone families. This is ample reason for New Mexico drug rehab, and New Mexico drug detox attention state wide immediately.
Current investigations indicate that diversion of hydrocodone products continues to be a problem in New Mexico. Primary methods of diversion being reported are illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, “doctor shopping” (going to a number of doctors to obtain prescriptions for a controlled pharmaceutical), forged prescriptions, and in-transit theft. Oxycodone products (such as OxyContin), Lortab/Lorcet, and Vicodin were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in New Mexico.
Marijuana: Marijuana is the most frequently controlled substance that is seized in the New Mexico area and are generally destined for distribution in eastern markets. Marijuana loads seized from private vehicles and semi-tractor-trailers range from 500 to 8,000 pounds. Multi-pound and multi-ton Marijuana seizures occur at all transportation terminals, U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoints, and local courier service locations. Marijuana smuggled from Mexico is available from a multitude of sources in New Mexico and western Texas and is the most prevalent drug in New Mexico. New Mexico's vast National Forest land makes the domestic cultivation of Marijuana an enforcement issue as well.
New Mexico has a growing problem with drug use and abuse. The abuse of prescription drugs in the United States have become a real epidemic. Instead of treating drug addicts like criminals we believe people suffering from pain pill addiction, alcoholism and other drug addictions should have a comfortable drug detox to ensure long lasting sobriety and clean time. Addiction to pain killers can be one of the hardest addictions to treat and we believe that inpatient drug detox is the most effective way of dealing with prescription drug withdrawal.