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Alabama 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

Alabama's location on the U.S. Gulf Coast makes it vulnerable to Mexican and Caribbean drug trafficking networks. The Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) includes Baldwin, Jefferson, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, and Morgan counties in Alabama as well as selected counties in Louisiana and Mississippi. Most bulk marijuana and methamphetamine is transported to Alabama by Mexican drug trafficking organizations, sometimes from distribution points in Atlanta, Georgia, and Texas, but the large expanses of rural areas in the state also provide the opportunity for local pot farms. Cocaine is brought in primarily from Atlanta, Georgia, and Houston, Texas, and is converted to crack within Alabama.

Types of Drugs Used

About seven percent of Alabama citizens age 12 and older report using an illicit drug in the past ...

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