800,000 pounds of marijuana was seized in the US state of Arizona in 2008.
Mexican drug cartels are turning the US city of Atlanta into a major trafficking hub, according to law enforcement officials. In FY2008, police seized $70 million in drug money in Atlanta, the highest amount in the country. So far this year, $30 million has already been seized, far higher than the $19 million seized in Los Angeles and the $18 million in Chicago. The region has become the main distribution center for the drug cartels in their entire eastern United States operations.
$40 Billion is spent by the United States each year to combat drug trafficking, according to the Economist.
The black market marijuana trade in California is estimated to be worth $14 Billion.
The black market trade in Marijuana represents between 1.5 and 4.6 percent of the GDP of Canada’s British Columbia province.
United States customers purchase up to $28.5 Billion in drugs from cartels in Mexico.
The societal costs of methamphetamine in the United States is $23.4 Billion, according to the RAND Corporation. The reports finds that 900 people died prematurely due to their addiction to meth in 2005. In 2009, there were 400,000 people addicted to the drug in the United States.
A report published by the US Justice Department found that there are as many as one million gang members in the United States, belonging to as many as 20,000 gangs. These gangs and gang members are responsible for up to 80 percent of crime in the communities where they operate. These crimes range from drug trafficking, human smuggling, arms trafficking, and various other activities.
Coca cultivation in Colombia increased by 27 percent in 2007.
Drug smugglers and refiners of heroin in Afghanistan collectively earn $3.5 Billion a year in Afghanistan.