In the largest seizure to date, a record 92 tons of opium poppy seeds were seized after a four-day campaign in Afghanistan by NATO forces. 60 militants were killed during the campaign.
Of the 300,000 guns that have been seized by authorities between December 2006 and April 2009, 15,000 are assault weapons. A majority of the assault guns are believed to have been purchased at one of the roughly 7,500 guns shops on the United States side of the border and trafficked and sold in Mexico.
In early 2009, the price for a kilo of opium trafficked out of a farm in Northern Laos (a portion of the Golden Triangle) was $1,400.
According to US Officials, the drug trafficking industry in Mexico employs 150,000 people. Between the start of 2007 and May 2009, Mexican law enforcement has arrested over 60,000 people believed to have been involved in the industry.
In 2008, 7,700 tones of opium was harvested in Afghanistan, down from 8,200 in 2007. The Taliban earns between $100 to $200 million from the heroin trade.
Only 12 percent of all crimes are reported to police in Mexico. In addition, in fewer than 2 percent of all crimes does a suspect appear before a judge.
At the San Ysidro crossing between California and Mexico, border officials seize anywhere between 50 to 500 pounds of marijuana, heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine each day. Over 110,000 people pass through the crossing each day.
20 million ecstasy pills and between 4 to 5 tons of heroin were trafficked into Israel in 2008. Nearly all of the heroin entered through the shared border with Lebanon.
25 million Americans smoked marijuana in 2008, according to government surveys. Up to 100 million people in the US have tried marijuana at least once in their lifetime.
In 2009, Mexican drug cartels were operating in at least 230 cities across the United States, up from the 50 cities in 2006.