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How widespread is drug trafficking in the U.S.?

If you have been or someone you know has been arrested for and charged with the illegal sale or distribution of a narcotic drug in Connecticut, it may be helpful for you to know that you are far from alone. According to, at least 30,000 people annually are arrested for the distribution or sale of narcotics around the nation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations puts a lot of emphasis on activity connected to Mexico as a primary source for many of the drugs that make their way into the United States. With more than 4,400 DEA investigators focused full-time on seeking out people believed to be involved in narcotic distribution or selling, it is no wonder that so many people face these serious crimes. it is also important to remember than an arrest or allegation is not proof of guilt and does not negate a person's right to defend themselves.

Within federal or state prisons, drug use or possession is associated with many cases. Federally, it is estimated that one in four people in prison were found to be in possession of or under the influence of some drug when they were originally arrested. In state prisons that number is even higher reaching almost one in three people. Drug addiction may well be a contributor to this reality.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to provide Connecticut residents an overview of how many people are arrested for drug trafficking each year in the United States.

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