Sharing a border with Canada, Washington is a transshipment point for drugs and monies entering Canada, as well as Canadian Marijuana (street name BC Bud), MDMA (street name Ecstasy) and other drugs entering the United States.
Canadian criminal organizations have used profits from the sale of high-potency BC Bud Marijuana to purchase Cocaine for redistribution in Canada. In particular, Vietnamese organized crime groups and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs such as the Hell’s Angels are suspected of heavy involvement in this activity. Crystal Methamphetamine is widely available in Washington and distributed by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. The greater Yakima Valley is home to large scale drug trafficking organizations responsible for the distribution of drugs throughout the United States. Money laundering and bulk cash smuggling are additional threats in Washington, with organizations engaging in a variety of methods to legitimize and reposition illicit proceeds.
Cocaine: Cocaine and crack Cocaine are readily available. Crack Cocaine is most prevalent in low income, urban areas. Wholesale quantities of Cocaine HCl are primarily controlled by Mexican drug organizations. These organizations, with connections to large scale traffickers in California and Mexico, are the main groups responsible for Cocaine destined for Washington. Cocaine is consumed in the state and smuggled into Canada for redistribution.
Heroin: The most common type of Heroin encountered in Washington is Mexican black tar Heroin. Mexican drug trafficking organizations, which also traffic Methamphetamine and Cocaine, remain the primary source for black tar Heroin in Washington. Black tar Heroin is produced in Mexico and transported from distribution cities in southern California directly to western and eastern Washington.
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine is a widely abused drug in Washington and one which impacts all levels of the community. Crystal Methamphetamine (aka “ice”), which dominates the market as the preferred form of Methamphetamine, is readily available throughout the state. Mexican drug trafficking organizations are primarily responsible for the importation and distribution of Methamphetamine in Washington, most of which is now produced in Mexico. Clandestine Methamphetamine lab activity within the state has decreased over the years. This is likely due in part to state and federal legislation, which has hindered accessibility to chemicals such as pseudoephedrine.
Marijuana: Marijuana is readily available throughout the state. Three types are generally encountered: locally grown (either from indoor or outdoor grow operations), Canadian BC Bud from British Columbia, and Mexican Marijuana. Of these varieties, locally grown sinsemilla and BC Bud are preferred because of their higher THC content. BC Bud Marijuana is available in the state, particularly in the larger metropolitan areas, which also serve as major transshipment points for BC Bud distributed throughout the United States. The outdoor cultivation of Marijuana by Mexican nationals on private land as well as state and federal forest lands and parks is increasing.
Prescription drugs: Prescription drugs are the second most abused drug by youth. The primary methods of diversion of legitimate pharmaceuticals continues to be illegal dispensing and prescribing by physicians, illegal distribution by pharmacists, prescription forgery, doctor shopping, and drug thefts from pharmacies, nursing homes, and hospitals. Pharmacy burglaries are prevalent throughout the state and Diversion Investigators are also encountering pharmaceuticals that have been purchased via the Internet without a doctor’s prescription. The abuse and trafficking of Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab), and anabolic steroids continues to be a concern, while Methadone use has increased dramatically in Washington. This is ample reason for Vermont drug rehab and Vermont drug detox attention state wide immediately.
Washington is experiencing an increase in drug use and abuse. The prescription drug problem in the United States has 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.