Drug trafficking is a global illicit trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances that are subject to drug prohibition laws. So now we say to ourselves, how can drug trafficking be controlled? The Drug Enforcement Agency has tried to limit the drug trafficking problem coming from countries south of the U.S. in 2008, the DEA seized huge amounts of drugs within the borders of the united states collecting over 50,000 kgs of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and hallucinogens being the most collected drug in the world with 9 million individual units. The southern hemisphere has given the U.S. a really hard time with the international drug trade.
Where do drugs come from? Most of the marijuana, cocaine Smuggling routes that come into the United States comes from the south. Columbia is one of the main contributors to the problems of the drug war. Not only does Columbia sell cocaine to the United States, it also sells marijuana. Columbia is responsible for over eighty percent of the cocaine distribution around the world. In Columbia cocaine production is the leading export and moneymaker of the economy. It even passes the production and export of coffee. A major reason for this production and selling of drugs in Columbia is the Columbian Drug Cartel.
The cartel is a worldwide organization that makes and sells drugs to make a profit. The reason they are so powerful in Columbia, besides the fact that it brings so much money into the economy, is that the cartel "buys out" the government. The cartel pays out about one hundred million dollars a year to the government to keep the law enforcement on their side. Besides the law enforcement, the cartel has an army of their own so that makes them more powerful than if they didn't have an army.
CIA agents estimate that drug trafficking from Mexico is on the incline. CIA agents believe that it is the low paying jobs and the standard of living that bring some of these small little farmers to big time drug dealers. The United States Central Intelligence Agency estimate that Mexican traffickers imported One hundred and seventy tons of ephedrine over twenty months. This amount is enough to make about one hundred and fifty tons of speed. Mexico is doing pretty good for themselves with the profit they get from the speed, and that profit doesn't include the profit they get from exporting about four hundred tons of cocaine they smuggle into the U.S.
Honduras is another country that was and is a major drug exporter to the United States. Drug trafficking is not a new thing to the people of Honduras. This country was in a bad depression so they needed a way to get out of it so they started exporting drugs. Like Mexico, Honduras's had a cartel. This cartel took over the Honduran government.
There are many ways to smuggle drugs into the country, and there are some so-called "normal" ways of smuggling drugs into a country, but when there is normal there has to be "abnormal." Some normal techniques that drug smugglers use is to tape them to your leg or your body if it is for personal use or if it is just for small sale. This method has gotten old in airports, rail stations, and docks because they have dogs that are trained to sniff out the drugs on and with people. That is a main reason that people get caught carrying drugs with them is that they just throw it in their bag or wrap it in some clothes and think "Hey I'll never get caught," but they do.

The reason drug traffickers deal heroin instead of any other drug is that it is more profitable. For example, the cost of heroin compared to cocaine is ten times greater. The horrible part about the increase in heroin smuggling is that it has increased 75% in the United States from 2001-2006. That increased the amount to 57% of all heroin is captures in the United States coming from Mexico and Columbia. Much of the Mexican production of heroin comes from the poppy-growing areas near Mexico's southern border with Guatemalan Poppies which are the natural resource for the heroin.
One incident of an "abnormal" way of smuggling drugs into the country was in