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Cocaine Trafficking in the United States

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Man snorting cocaineCocaine addiction is a serious problem in the United States with over 5,000 individuals dying of overdose each year since 2014.1 As cocaine addiction shows no signs of slowing down, the families of those individuals who have died, or lost everything dear to them as a result of cocaine use, are left to wonder, “Why can’t we stop the flow of cocaine into the United States?”

The following information shows the scope of the cocaine trafficking problem in this country and provides a look at the challenges currently facing law enforcement officials at state and federal levels. If you or a loved one struggles with cocaine abuse, please know help is available.

Facts about cocaine trafficking in the United States:

  • 90 percent of cocaine coming to the U.S. during the first half of 2015 made its way through the Mexico and Central America corridor. That number is up from 86 percent in 2014 and 80 percent in 2010.2
  • Today, groups in Colombia produce 70 to 80 percent of the world’s cocaine, which is made from locally grown coca plants and from cocaine base imported from Peru and Bolivia.
  • Cocaine is listed as a Schedule II controlled substance because it has medical use, but also has a high potential for abuse.3
  • The U.S. government agencies primarily responsible for apprehending cocaine traffickers are the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Border Patrol, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • The price of powder cocaine in the United States varies greatly by location, and is less expensive in those areas closest to the hubs of drug smuggling and criminal activity.
  • The United States has spent approximately $100 billion annually over the past decade on illicit drugs.4


Cocaine use is a serious problem in the United States. If you have a drug problem, please know Michael’s House can help. Our medical professionals are dedicated to helping individuals who struggle with cocaine addiction. Please contact Michael’s House at 760.548.4032 for more information about how we can help you live a life without cocaine abuse. If you have insurance, please have this information available. We can even tell you what forms of residential treatment are covered. Don’t wait any longer—get the help you need today.


1 "What is the scope of cocaine use in the United States?" National Institute of Drug Abuse. N.p., n.d. Web. Accessed 01 Aug. 2017.

2 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report. Rep. Vol. 1. N.p.: United States Department of State, n.d. Print. Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Web. Accessed 01 Aug. 2017.

3 "Cannabis, Coca, & Poppy: Nature's Addictive Plants." DEA Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. Accessed 01 Aug. 2017.

4 "How Much Do Americans Really Spend on Drugs Each Year?" National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. Accessed 01 Aug. 2017.