The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) makes over 30,000 arrests each year related to the sales and distribution of illegal narcotics.
•Over 32 percent of all inmates in state prisons in the United States were either under the influence of drugs or in possession of drugs when arrested (that number is above 25 percent for federal prison inmates).
•Drug trafficking in Mexico is a business worth over $50 billion per year.
•It is believed that the loss of the drug trafficking industry in Mexico would cause that country’s economy to shrink by over 63 percent.
•Illicit drug use is associated with several leading causes of death in the United States, including suicide, homicide, motor-vehicle injury, HIV infection, pneumonia, violence, mental illness and hepatitis.
•There are over 4,400 DEA officers currently working full time in divisions dedicated to fighting drug sales and drug trafficking across the United States.
•In 2008, the DEA seized the following amounts of drugs within the borders of the United States: