January 27, 2020  Last Update: November 12, 2019, 4:01 pm

A Half Ton Less Heroin on U.S. Streets this Month

The DEA reports 1,985 arrests made during the 20-month investigation. Remarkably, the investigation led to arrests in 13 states stretching from from California to Washington, D.C.

Many people overestimate the impact of drug seizures.

The investigation, known as Project Delirium, resulted in the seizure of 1,005 pounds of heroin, 2,773 pounds of methamphetamine, 2,722 kilos of cocaine, 14,818 pounds of marijuana, $62 million in U.S. currency, and $3.8 million in other assets. Charges filed include conspiracy to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana, conspiracy to import narcotics into the U.S., money laundering, and other federal charges.

The seizure of such a massive amount of drugs is huge success for law enforcement. For example, a thousand pounds of heroin has an estimated street price of over $78 million. That being said, many will be surprised to learn that even a successful operation of this size will only temporarily disrupt the drug market. While these numbers seem impressive, some recognize that the Mexican cartels and drug traffickers will bounce back quickly. As one user noted on a popular forum, “Once a year, they score a $100M bust of a $20B business. What a joke.”

Refs: From http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/pressrel/pr072111.html

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