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The illegal drug market in the United States is one of the most profitable in the world As such it attracts the most ruthless sophisticated and aggressive drug traffickers Drug law enforcement agencies are constantly trying to protect the countrys borders This proves to be very difficult considering how many different means of entering the country are available to drug traffickers and their organizations Each year according to the US Customs Service USCS 60 million people enter the United States on more than 675000 commercial and private flights Another 6 million come by sea and 370 million by land In addition 116 million vehicles cross the land borders with Canada and Mexico More than 90000 merchant and passenger ships dock at US ports These ships carry more than 9 million shipping containers and 400 million tons of cargo Another 157000 smaller vessels visit our many coastal towns Among this heavy trade and constant crossing of country borders drug traffickers most notably from Colombia Mexico and Canada conceal illegal substances such as cocaine heroin marijuana MDMA and meth amphetamine for distribution in US Neighborhoods The focus of this paper will be on the trafficking of cocaine and marijuana In the 2001 film BLOW these were the two drugs that were addressed and how it was first imported from other countrys in the 1970s The trade of these two drugs is very complex and it is important to consider all aspects of it From the peasants working the coca fields to the drug addicted pop stars is a very complicated and risky path Get ready for an in depth look at drug trafficking from peasant to pop star Before it can enter the United States cocaine must be cultivated and processed Cocaine is derived from the leaves of the coca plant which is grown most in Peru Bolivia and Colombia Farmers are sometimes forced to cultivate coca as it is the only crop that will
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