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Georgia Laws and Programs

  • By: Sarah Boslaugh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Georgia is a major site of drug trafficking operations, particularly in Atlanta, which is the largest city in the southeast (metropolitan area population 5.5 million in 2009) and a major transportation center for both north-south (particularly using the I-95 corridor from Miami to New York City) and east-west traffic. The city is a key source of supply as Mexican drug trafficking organizations bring large shipments of marijuana, cocaine, and crystal methamphetamine to Atlanta (most typically from California, Texas, and Mexico), from which point it is distributed to mid-level and local dealers. Atlanta is also a transit center for MDMA (ecstasy) and over 47,000 dosage units of MDMA were seized in Georgia by federal authorities in 2008.

Types of Drugs Used in Georgia

In Atlanta, marijuana is ...

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