Profits of Drug Cartels from Sales in the United States

In the National Drug Threat Assessment 2007, the report states that Mexican and Colombia Drug Trafficking Organizations “together generate, remove, and launder between $8.3 billion and $24.9 billion in wholesale distribution proceeds from Mexico-produced marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin and South American cocaine and heroin annually.”

On the Northern border, “an estimated $5.2 billion to $21.2 billion is generated through the wholesale distribution of marijuana and MDMA” by Canadian Drug Trafficking Organizations.

Source: National Drug Intelligence Center, “Drug Money Laundering”, National Drug Threat Assessment 2007, October 2006.(accessed: February 21, 2007).

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