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Bernalillo- The highly populated central HIDTA County, Bernalillo, faces trafficking threats from all categories of illicit drugs. Law Enforcement reports that while marijuana is the most used illicit drug, heroin is the most significant threat. Meth is still the most significant drug contributing to violent crime in this area, while heroin is a major contributing cause for property crime.


Chaves-
Like the other southern HIDTA counties, Chaves County reports that meth is its number one threat, and reports heroin as its second largest threat. Law Enforcement in the county reports most property crime and some of their violent crime is associated with drug use and trafficking.


Dona Ana-
Doña Ana County reports that methamphetamine has replaced marijuana and cocaine as its greatest threat. For a number of years, meth was a tertiary threat to marijuana and cocaine, but law enforcement reports that meth is the greatest use threat and is the greatest contributor to both property and violent crime. Because of Las Cruces’ proximity to Mexico and the Mexican DTOs, use of small Doña Ana County towns such as Anthony and Chaparral, provide large scale trafficking and use of stash houses for all types of drugs.


Eddy-
Methamphetamine remains the dominant threat to Eddy County. Like the Northwest corner of the state, this county has a significant labor force dedicated to oil and gas production which brings significant meth trafficking and use. Heroin is identified as its second largest threat, followed by marijuana and cocaine.


Grant-
Grant County reports marijuana trafficking as the most significant threat; but meth trafficking and use is pervasive as well. Marijuana in bulk amounts is smuggled through the county at a significant rate on foot and by vehicle.


Hidalgo-
Hidalgo County, like the neighboring counties of Grant and Luna, identified marijuana trafficking as their most significant threat. Meth trafficking and use is also prevalent in the county. Marijuana in bulk amounts is smuggled through the county at a significant rate by foot traffic as well as by vehicle.


Lea-
Methamphetamine remains the dominate threat to Lea County. Like San Juan County in the Northwest corner of the state, this county has a significant labor force dedicated to oil and gas production which brings significant meth trafficking and use. Cocaine is identified as its second largest threat.


Lincoln-
Lincoln County and its largest city, Ruidoso, report methamphetamine as its primary threat with cocaine being its secondary threat. Meth is also a significant contributor to property crime in Lincoln County. Law Enforcement reports that up to 80% of their property crime is associated with meth use or trafficking.


Luna-
Luna County identified methamphetamine trafficking as the most significant threat. Heroin is the second greatest threat in the county. Marijuana in bulk amounts is smuggled through the county by backpackers and vehicles.


Otero-
Otero County reports that its greatest threat is from meth use and trafficking and reports a significant amount of smuggling due to the use of Highways 54 (which originates in El Paso) and Hwy 70. Cocaine and marijuana are considered secondary threats.


San Juan-
Methamphetamine continues to be the major threat in the Four Corners area. San Juan County has a large number of oil and gas industry workers and like Southeast New Mexico, this industry tends to attract consumers of methamphetamine products.


Rio Arriba-
In Rio Arriba County, drugs trafficked are varied. Rio Arriba and its largest city, Espanola, continue to feel the effects of large scale heroin use combined with diverted prescription opiate and cocaine use.


Sandoval-
Sandoval County faces trafficking threats from all illicit drugs categories. Marijuana continues to be the most used drug, while heroin is the most significant threat. Meth is still identified as the most significant drug contributing to violent crime in county.


Santa Fe-
Santa Fe County reports its greatest trafficking threat as heroin, with additional threats from diverted pharmaceuticals and cocaine. Meth use is reportedly on the rise in Santa Fe County.


Taos-
Like much of north central New Mexico, Taos County reports its greatest threat is heroin. Meth is also a significant threat, and cocaine is present as well. Marijuana appears to be coming in from Colorado, and the county is experiencing issues with cannabis products, such as candy and wax.


Torrance-
A highly populated area, Torrance County, faces trafficking threats from all categories of illicit drugs. While marijuana is the most used of illicit drugs, heroin is the most significant threat. Meth is still the most significant drug contributing to violent crime in this area, while heroin is now the central contributing cause to property crime in the county.


Valencia-
Valencia County is threatened by all categories of illicit drugs. Marijuana is the most used widely used drug, while heroin remains the most significant threat. Methamphetamine is still the most significant drug contributing to violent crime in this area.

 
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Year of Designation: 1990
Geographic Area of Responsibility by County: Bernalillo, Chaves, Hidalgo, Dona Ana, Eddy,Grant, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Juan, Santa Fe, Valencia and Torrance Counties and all the municipalities therein Taos Eddy Lea Chaves Dona Ana Otero Luna Grant Hidalgo San Juan Sandoval Rio Arriba Bernalillo Sante Fe Lincoln Torrance Valencia

 
 


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