DEA Releases 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment

2020 NDTA findings of note:

  • Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) remain the greatest criminal drug threat in the United States.
  • Illicit fentanyl is one of the primary drugs fueling the epidemic of overdose deaths in the United States, while heroin and prescription opioids remain significant challenges to public health and law enforcement.
  • Mexican cartels are increasingly responsible for producing and supplying fentanyl to the U.S. market. China remains a key source of supply for the precursor chemicals that Mexican cartels use to produce the large amounts of fentanyl they are smuggling into the United States.  
  • Drug-poisoning deaths and seizures involving methamphetamine have risen sharply as Mexican TCOs increase the drug’s availability and expand the domestic market.
  • Constraints associated with the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic – daily travel restrictions, U.S. border closings, closure of nonessential businesses, and broad shelter-in-place orders – temporarily posed new challenges to criminal organizations’ movement of drugs during the first half of 2020.

Read the full article at https://www.dea.gov/press-releases/2021/03/02/dea-releases-2020-national-drug-threat-assessment