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Texas 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

Due to its large size (including many sparsely populated areas), extensive border with Mexico, sea-coast, and well-developed transportation network (including roads, air travel, and sea routes), Texas is the site of a great deal of drug smuggling, production, and distribution. Drugs often enter the United States through Texas and are shipped to other parts of the country, while the proceeds (in the form of bulk currency) are sent back to Mexico or other locations through Texas as well.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is a prime drug distribution and transshipment area where methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana are brought, primarily by Mexican trafficking organizations, before distribution to the Midwestern, eastern, and southeastern U.S. states. Houston is a major transshipment site for most categories of drugs, including ...

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