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North Carolina 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

Law enforcement officials report that drug trafficking in North Carolina is significantly increasing and money laundering related to the drug trade continues to be a significant problem. Marijuana is locally grown, as well as brought into the state from Mexico and Canada. Methamphetamine is readily available throughout much of the state, although supply is shifting from locally manufactured meth to crystal meth (“ice”) transported from Mexico. North Carolina is a transshipment area as well as a destination state for cocaine, and crack cocaine is a serious problem in inner-city communities. Heroin availability is low but growing, primarily in major eastern and central metropolitan centers, and there are several sources of supply including Mexico, South America, and southeast and southwest Asia.

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