Last month, Major Brian Wilcox with the Arizona Department of Public Safety told The Arizona Republic: “Heroin seizures and use are up in Arizona and across the country. The southwest border area is a large trans-shipment area. Heroin is currently being smuggled by pedestrian foot traffic across the border point of entries. It is then collected at stash houses and trans-shipped across the country.”
The DOJ’s 2011 Drug Market Analysis for Arizona reports: “The Sinaloa Cartel’s wholesale distribution of heroin and marijuana extends beyond Arizona HIDTA counties to much of the United States.”
The Sinaloa Cartel has, in fact, made Arizona the distribution hub for the entire United States.
“Local law enforcement agencies within the HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) region report that most of the marijuana and heroin that transits the Mexico–Arizona border area is destined for other domestic markets, including those in East Coast states such as New York, Georgia, and Florida, and Midwestern states such as Missouri and Iowa,” the report adds.