United States Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from the United States black market. Intelligence and security data collected from government agencies, news articles and other public information sources.

In the United States, national poison control centers received 304 phone calls regarding “bath salts” in 2010.

In 2011, the poison control centers received over 6,000 phone calls regarding the synthetic drug.

Source:  “Synthetic ‘Bath Salts’ An Evolving Problem For DEA,” NPR, June 30, 2012.

3 percent of adults aged 15-64 in the United States reportedly used cocaine in 2006.

In 2010, the number of cocaine users in the United States dropped to 2.2 percent.

Source:  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, “World Drug Report 2012,” Executive Summary, June 26, 2012, page 2.

According to a study by the Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Program at Michigan State University, the following food items were found to have been counterfeited.

The study analyzed its product database of counterfeit items, and found that 16 percent of counterfeit foods involved olive oil, 14 percent involved watered down milk, 7 percent was counterfeit honey, and 2 to 4 percent of the counterfeit items were fruit juices.

Worldwide, counterfeit foods create a $49 Billion market.

Source:  “Fake Food Trying To Make Its Way Into The U.S.,” CBS Miami, June 18, 2012.

According to the United States Department of State, 120 US citizens were killed in Mexico in 2011. Back in 2007, there were 35 deaths of US citizens in 2007.

Source:  Reuters, “Mexico’s drug war rocks U.S. expat stronghold,” Chicago Tribune, June 17, 2012.

According to the Speaker of the City Council, around 4,000 minors are victims of human trafficking in New York City each year. Many of the victims are trafficked into the city through the cities airports.

In 2011, there were 50 arrests for sex trafficking activities in the city.

(More human trafficking statistics.)

Source:  Vivian Yee, “City Plans to Target Cabdrivers Who Join in Sex Trafficking,” New York Times, June 12, 2012.

In 2011, there were 1,136 people who were killed on the island of Puerto Rico. The murder rate in Puerto Rico is 5 times the average of murders in the United States.

Officials state that illegal drugs and trafficking is associated with 70 percent of all murders in the territory.

The drug trade in Puerto Rico is estimated to contribute $9 Billion, or 20 percent to the island’s GDP.

Source:  Catherine Shoichet, “Puerto Rico: A forgotten front in America’s drug war?,” CNN, June 9, 2012.

In a city wide sweep of 1,700 stores licensed to sell cigarettes, New York City officials found that 42 percent of stores were either selling untaxed cigarettes or packs of cigarettes with counterfeit tax stamps on them.

The tax rate for cigarettes in New York City at the time of the enforcement actions was $5.85. Customers buying a pack of cigarettes in stores are expected to pay over $10. If they purchase the pack illegally on the black market, they normally pay around $5 per pack.

Back in 2009, up to $150 Million in cigarette tax revenue was estimated to have been lost to the NYC government due to the illegal tobacco trade.

Source:  David Seifman, “NYC probe finds massive number of illegal, untaxed cigs,” New York Post, June 8, 2012.

In the US State of New Mexico, the rate of overdose deaths in the state increased over 60 deaths between the years 2001 and 2010. Health officials believe that the increase in overdose drug deaths is caused by prescription pain killers, whose sales during the same time period increased by 131 percent. The state reported that the number of deaths from overdosing on prescription drugs is higher than the number of deaths from overdosing on illegal drugs.

In a November 2011 report by the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico has the highest overall drug overdose death rate in the United States.

Source:  Dan Frosch, “Prescription Drug Overdoses Plague New Mexico,” New York Times, June 8, 2012.

A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent found that more high school students in the United States smoked marijuana than cigarettes.

23 percent of high school students surveyed for risky behavior stated that they recently smoked marijuana, compared to 18 percent who stated that they smoked cigarettes. An early health survey conducted by the University of Michigan also found similar results. In that survey, students said that they smoked marijuana because the see it as being less dangerous than cigarettes.

(Price of marijuana by country.)

Source:  Associated Press, “More US high school students now smoke marijuana than cigarettes, CDC survey says,” Washington Post, June 7, 2012.

64 percent of counterfeit electronics sold to consumers in the United States takes place in legitimate retail stores, according to Gallop consulting and the US Chamber of Commerce.

Worldwide, counterfeit electronics chips and semiconductors creates a loss of $169 Billion to the electronic industry.

(Latest counterfeiting statistics.)

Source:  Jayne O’Donnell, “Counterfeit products are a growing, and dangerous, problem,” USA Today, June 5, 2012.