1. Substance Abuse Statistics
  1. Cocaine$85 Billion
  2. Ecstasy$16.07 Billion
  3. Heroin$68 Billion
  4. Marijuana$141.80 Billion
  5. Methamphetamine$28.25 Billion
  6. Prescription Drug Abuse$72.5 Billion

Criminal justice agencies in Iran have reported that 570 tons of illegal drugs were seized across the country during the Iranian fiscal year, which fan from March 21,2013 to March 20, 2014. The types of illicit drugs confiscated included opium, heroin, morphine, and hashish. Over 70 percent of the seized narcotics were opium.

According to security forces, over 70 percent of the drugs that were seized took place on the country’s eastern borders, which lies next to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Afghanistan supplies over 90 percent of the world’s opium supply, and the trafficking of opium is estimated to contribute up to 15 percent of Afghanistan’s GDP.

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Source:  “Iranian Official: 70% of Illicit Drugs Confiscated along Eastern Borders,” Tasnim News Agency, April 14, 2014.

In early 2014, federal security administrators reported that more heroin grown and produced in Mexico was entering the United States. Officials stated that this was occurring due to the decrease in marijuana that was being sold by Mexican traffickers.

Based on intelligence and media interviews, the wholesale price of marijuana sold in Mexico has dropped within the past 5 years. In 2009, a farmer growing marijuana in Mexico was able to receive up to $100 per kilogram of wholesale marijuana. By 2014, the wholesale price of marijuana dropped to less than $25. Farmers state that the push towards marijuana legalization has contributed to the downfall as more people buy higher-quality marijuana that was grown in the United States.

As the price of marijuana decreased, Mexican drug cartel have begun looking for new revenue streams. It appears as if they have found a replacement in heroin.

With reports from criminal justice programs stating that heroin abuse increased by 79 percent in the US between 2007 and 2012, Mexican cartels are increasing their supply in order to meet demand. Back in 2007, border security agents seized 367 kilograms of heroin that was being smuggled into the United States from Mexico. In 2013, security agents seized 2,162 kilograms.

A contributing factor to the high heroin abuse rates in the US is driven by prescription drugs abuse. With heroin being cheaper than prescription drugs, many users are continually switching to heroin due to its cheaper cost. For example, a prescription drug sold on the black market in can be sold for up to $80, with the effect of the pill wearing off after 4 to 6 hours. A hit of heroin can be sold for as little as $4.

Farm workers in Mexico are cashing in from the increase in heroin demand. Farmers in the Northern Sierra Madre earn up to $30 to $40 per day cultivating poppies on farmland. The poppy farm is reportedly the best paid farm in Northern Mexico.

Farmers sell a kilogram of opium for $1,500. The wholesale price has doubled in 2013 from the year before. The raw opium is sold to middlemen who cook the opium into heroin. After being smuggled across the border, a kilogram in the Northern United States can be sold for $60,000 to $80,000.

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Source:  Nick Miroff, “Tracing the U.S. heroin surge back south of the border as Mexican cannabis output falls,” Washington Post, April 6, 2014.

Based on information submitted to Havocscope, the following is the reported prices of heroin when sold in the Washington DC area of the United States.

According to our reader, the basic unit of sale for heroin is through increments of a tenth of a gram. Thus, .1 gram is sold for $10, .2 of a gram is sold for $20. $50 will get a user .5 or half a gram, and a full gram is sold for $100.

However, due to competition amongst the areas drug dealers, the actual price of heroin sold varies depending on how good the product is and whether the dealer and the customer has a previous relationship. In terms of actual amount, a half gram can actually hold only .35 to .5, with the bag being sold for $45 to $60 depending on the quality of the heroin.

The same price variation occurs when dealing in full grams. The actual price of a gram of heroin sold in the DC region can vary between $80 to $120.

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Source:  User submitted information, received on April 6, 2014.

According to a former heroin abuser in Ireland, the following information is the street prices of illegal drugs available for sale on the black market of Ireland.

Cocaine:  High quality cocaine sold for €100 ($138) per gram.

Ecstasy: €5 ($6.93) per tablet, or 10 ecstasy tablets for €40 ($55).

Heroin: A bag of heroin that is filled with 0.3 grams of heroin is sold for €20 ($27). The price to buy 2 grams of heroin is €100 ($138).

Marijuana: Poor quality cannabis resin is reportedly sold in 7 gram batches, which is available for purchase for €25 ($34). Marijuana weed is sold in 6 gram units, which goes for €100 ($138).

Prescription drugs: 2 milligrams Xanax bars sold for €3.50 ($4.85) for each tablet.

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Source:  User submitted data, received on April 1, 2014.

In a media report in Asia, drug abusers from Singapore stated that they regularly travel to Malaysia in order to obtain drugs such as ecstasy and to party in Malaysian clubs.

According to one Singaporean who was at a club in Malaysia, the price for one ecstasy pill cost $2.38 (3 Singaporean Dollars). By comparison, a single ecstasy pill sold in Singapore would cost up to 10 times as much.

Another former addict who spoke to the press stated that up to 70 percent of the people he met at drug parties in Malaysia were from Singapore.

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Source:  “More Singaporeans go abroad for drug fix,” The Star Online, April 7, 2014.

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An investigation conducted by the Daily Star in London found that the anti-depression pill Valium was readily available for purchase on the black market.

One drug dealer in Liverpool was offering black market Valium for sale for $4.98 (£3) per pill. The dealer had a pack of 50 Valium tablets.

Another dealer based in Manchester was offering 10mg pills of Valium for $3.32 (£2) per pill.

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Source:  Scott Hesketh, “Investigation: Drug dealers cash in on £3 a pill Valium black market,” Daily Star, April 6, 2014.

A reader of Havocscope submitted information through our Crowd-Sourced Data form to explain the prices of the heroin market in Denver, Colorado.

According to our reader, the heroin dealers in the Denver metro area are mostly from Honduras. The heroin is bagged in half gram portions, which are sold for $30, and $60 for a full gram of heroin. Dealers in Denver do not offer heroin for less than half a gram. The heroin is a light brown powder that is sold inside little black balloons, and is usually of mid-grade quality.

Most heroin users in the Denver area purchase half a gram when using. The half gram balloons are commonly called “pager dope,” meaning that a call to the dealer will lead it being filled in 5 to 15 minuets.

Higher end dealers also sell heroin that costs $40 for half a gram to $80 per gram. These bags are of higher quality.

According to our reader, who states that he or she is a heroin addict, heroin can be purchased in areas north of Downtown Denver, and in the suburbs cities of Thornton, Westminster, and Broomfield.

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Source:  User Submitted Data, Received by Havocscope on March 24, 2014.

Previously, a reader submitted information about the price of marijuana in Stockholm, Sweden. In that data post, the reader explained the price structure of the marijuana market in Stockholm.

In a follow up submission, more information about the marijuana trafficking and growing operations that takes place in Sweden. According to our reader, Swedish marijuana is grown across the entire country. However, with criminal justice programs targeting growers in the major cities, more marijuana cultivation plants have moved to the countryside. There have also been reports of various organized crime groups being involved in large scale marijuana cultivation farms, such as the Vietnamese Mafia, Albanian and Kurdish gangs, as well as outlawed motorcycle gangs.

Marijuana that is trafficked into the country is brought in from Denmark, Germany and Poland. Small growers in Sweden are attempting to grow their own weed in order to lower the amount of marijuana that is trafficked by organized crime.

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Source: User submitted data, received by Havocscope on March 24, 2014.

According to research organization Demoskopika in Italy, the mafia syndicate ‘Ndrangheta collected $73 Billion (€53 Billion) in revenue in 2013.

The various revenue streams for the syndicate is as follows:

Intelligence from criminal justice programs state that the ‘Ndragheta has around 400 key operatives working on its behalf in 30 countries. When including all people who conduct business on behalf of the group, then the number of people working for ‘Ndragheta is estimated to be as high as 60,000.

Source:  AFP, “‘Ndrangheta mafia ‘made more last year than McDonald’s and Deutsche Bank’,” Guardian, March 26, 2014.

According to research organization Demoskopika in Italy, the mafia syndicate ‘Ndrangheta collected $73 Billion (€53 Billion) in revenue in 2013.

The various revenue streams for the syndicate is as follows:

Intelligence from criminal justice programs state that the ‘Ndragheta has around 400 key operatives working on its behalf in 30 countries. When including all people who conduct business on behalf of the group, then the number of people working for ‘Ndragheta is estimated to be as high as 60,000.

Source:  AFP, “‘Ndrangheta mafia ‘made more last year than McDonald’s and Deutsche Bank’,” Guardian, March 26, 2014.