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  Georgia State Facts
  Population: 9,072,576
  State Prison Population: 51,104
  Probation Population: 419,350
  Violent Crime Rate
  National Ranking:
  2008 Georgia Federal Drug Seizures
  Cocaine: 1,016.1 kgs.
  Heroin: 3.3 kgs.
  Methamphetamine: 65.0 kgs.
  Marijuana: 2,296.4 kgs./3 du
  Hashish: 0.0 kgs.
  MDMA: 0.0 kgs./47,041 du
  Meth Lab Incidents: 78 (DEA, state, and local)

Georgia Drug Situation: The state of Georgia is both a final destination point for drug shipments and a smuggling corridor for drugs transported along the East Coast. Extensive interstate highway, rail, and bus transportation networks, as well as international, regional, and private air and marine ports of entry serve the state. Georgia is strategically located on the I-95 corridor between New York City and Miami, the key wholesale-level drug distribution centers on the East Coast, I-85 towards North and South Carolina and other major drug importation hubs. In addition, Interstate Highway 20 runs directly into Georgia from drug entry points along the southwest border and the Gulf Coast. The city of Atlanta has become an important strategic point for drug-trafficking organizations (DTOs) as it is the largest city in the South and is a nexus for all East/West and North/South travel. The Mexico-U.S. Southwest Border area continues to be the primary source and staging area for cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin introduced into Georgia.

There are 9.3 million legal residents in the state of Georgia, half of which live in the Atlanta Metro area. Hispanics account for over 5 percent of the population. The Hispanic population growth has been aided by an influx of undocumented immigrants, mostly from Mexico. Intelligence currently indicates that as the Mexican immigrant community has grown so too has the presence of Mexican traffickers. With that growth, Mexican poly-drug organizations have been identified as the largest foreign threat in the state, predominantly trafficking in cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin. Mexican traffickers have documented ability to supply kilogram quantities of cocaine hydrochloride (powder cocaine) directly to local crack cocaine dealers.

DEA intelligence continues to identify smuggling routes, concealment methods, and money-laundering operations employed by other foreign DTOs, such as Southeast Asian, West African, South American, and the Caribbean. Asian DTOs are now noted as the second most visible group of international traffickers exerting influence in Georgia.

Georgia Poly-Drug: Mexican traffickers and Mexican DTOs continue to play an increasingly dominant role in the importation and distribution of illegal drugs within Georgia. Mexican poly-drug organizations are the largest foreign threat in Georgia, predominantly trafficking in cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin.

photo - marijuana plantGeorgia Marijuana: Marijuana, the most commonly abused drug in Georgia, is readily available throughout the state. Mexico and the Southwest Border are the usual sources of marijuana imported and distributed in Georgia. The primary wholesale suppliers of marijuana are Mexican nationals. Outdoor cannabis cultivation sites are increasing due to the normally ideal growing conditions in the Georgia region. The U.S. Forest Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service report large marijuana grow sites in Georgia, with a recent seizure netting several thousand marijuana plants from outdoor camp sites in Eastern Georgia. Because of DEA's Domestic Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program and the recent drought in the Southeastern United States, some dealers have resorted to hydroponic cultivation of marijuana. Hydroponic marijuana distribution usually involves Asian- Canadian DTOs, but due to increasing consumer demand, another ethnic group is becoming involved. A recently culminated investigation targeted a Cuban trafficking group. The value of hydroponic marijuana seized from this organization exceeded $25,000,000 dollars (USC).

photo - cocaineGeorgia Cocaine: Cocaine hydrochloride (HCl) and crack cocaine continue to have the greatest negative impact throughout Georgia. DEA investigations and other source reporting indicate that cocaine trafficking organizations are experiencing difficulty receiving cocaine from their Mexican and Latin suppliers. The shortage of supply is attributed to the increased commitment and successes of domestic and international law enforcement and military personnel in their efforts to impede the flow of illicit drugs to and through the United States. Consequently, increased cocaine prices have been reported across Georgia. Historically, bulk quantities of powder cocaine are transported into Georgia most often from the Southwest Border. Often the powder cocaine is converted into crack by the local wholesaler or retailer. Primary source areas for cocaine are located in Texas. Although traffickers use several transportation modes, the predominant methods of smuggling are the use of private or rental vehicles and tractor-trailers with increasingly sophisticated hidden compartments, travel routes, and counter-surveillance techniques. There has been an increase in cover loads being used to secrete cocaine shipments. These loads are many times a legitimate load of fruits or vegetables with kilogram quantities of cocaine commingled throughout. Each day, law enforcement personnel uncover the new, creative and sophisticated methods used by traffickers to facilitate the movement of contraband.

photo - methamphetamineGeorgia Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine abuse continues to be a premier threat throughout Georgia. Since 2002, most of the significant methamphetamine seizures in Georgia were the result of stash/distribution site raids or state/local interdiction stops. Traditionally, the clandestine laboratory hot spots were in the northwestern counties; however, there have been recent slight shifts in laboratory activity near the extreme southwestern and eastern counties of Georgia. In 2005, legislation was enacted to restrict the sale of over-the-counter products containing pseudoephedrine, an essential chemical used in producing methamphetamine. Pivotally, there has also been a corresponding increase in the availability of Mexican manufactured crystallized methamphetamine, known as Ice, in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

photo - opium poppyGeorgia Heroin: Georgia is largely deemed a transit and to a lesser degree, a distribution point for heroin; however, heroin availability remains stable throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. Typically, South American, Southwest Asian and Mexican, have been the predominant types of heroin in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

photo - ecstasy pillsGeorgia Club Drugs: Atlanta, Georgia is a transit city for Ecstasy (MDMA) destined for other U.S. cities. MDMA, GHB, and Ketamine continue to be popular and remain readily available around populations of young people (gyms, college campuses and associated “hang outs”) throughout the state. LSD is usually encountered at school settings and is imported to Georgia mostly from the West Coast via U.S. Postal Service packages or commercial express mail. The wholesale cost of Ecstasy, depending on location and amount purchased, varies between $3 and $15 per pill and the retail price varies between $8 (Atlanta) and $25 (Savannah). Ecstasy is readily available in Atlanta’s nightclubs, “Rave” parties, and concerts that target the younger population.

photo - oxycontin pillsGeorgia Pharmaceutical Diversion: The diversion of hydrocodone and oxycodone products (such as Vicodin®) and OxyContin®) continues to be a problem in Georgia. Primary methods of diversion being reported are illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, “doctor shopping” (going to a number of doctors to obtain prescriptions for a controlled pharmaceutical), and the Internet. Xanax® and Lorcet® were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in Georgia. A new trend also indicates metha done is replacing oxycodone. This shift is due to physicians increasingly switching from oxycodone to methadone in the treatment of pain and the lower cost of methadone compared to oxycodone products.

Georgia Money Laundering: Bulk currency shipment is the preferred method of moving drug proceeds back to Mexico by Mexican drug traffickers. They and other international drug traffickers in Georgia are very creative in their attempts to launder illegal drug proceeds. Illicit proceeds are commonly laundered through money transfers, money orders, bank cards and through purchases of real estate, vehicles, jewelry and “cash and carry” businesses. The Atlanta metropolitan area is one of the most important staging points for consolidating and repatriating bulk currency across the U.S./Mexican border because it is a nexus for all East/West and North/South travel and its transportation infrastructure.

Other Enforcement Operations: The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) established the Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in 1995. The Atlanta HIDTA’s mission is two fold: It targets drugs and violence within Barrow, Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Forsyth Counties, as well as the city of Atlanta and the Jackson-Hartsfield International Airport. There are 20 agencies participating in the Atlanta HIDTA, five of which are federal agencies.

DEA State and Local Assistance: The DEA continues to support Georgia state and local efforts with specialized programs aimed at the availability of drugs.

Factsheet last updated: 02/2009

Georgia Facts

Georgia Population

In 2008 Georgia’s total population was 9,685,744. Of that, 50.5 percent is male and 49.5 percent is female.

Georgia Largest City

With a population of 519,145 (2007) in the city limits and over 5.2 million people living in the metro area, Atlanta is Georgia’s largest city.

Georgia Racial Breakdown of Population

65.8 percent White, 58.9 percent White not Hispanic, 29.9 percent Black or African-American, 7.5 percent Hispanic or Latino origin, 2.8 percent Asian, 0.4 percent other races and 1 percent two or more races.

Georgia Education

78 percent of Georgians 25 years and older are high school graduates and over 24 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Other Georgia Facts

  • Centrally located in the Southeastern United States, Georgia is the fastest growing region of the country and Georgia attracts more than 60 million visitors annually.
  • There are 13 Fortune 500 companies and 26 Fortune 1000 companies with headquarters in Georgia, including such names as CNN/Turner Broadcasting, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Equifax, The Home Depot, AFLAC, Internet Security Systems, Ciba Vision, Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts, Earthlink and UPS.
  • Georgia has over 2,500 internationally owned facilities representing 61 countries, employing more than 148,000 Georgians with an estimated capital investment of $24.3 billion.
  • Georgia is the world leader in the production of carpet, kaolin, chicken and watermelon. Top industries include automotive, agriculture, food processing, tourism, life sciences, high technology, metal fabrication and plastics. Exports from Georgia industries totaled $27.5 billion in 2008, ranking Georgia as the 13th largest exporting state in the nation.
  • 76 governments from throughout the world have consular offices and/or trade representation in Atlanta, Georgia and 39 bi-national chambers of commerce call the city home.
  • Georgia is home to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest passenger airport, serving over 90 million passengers in 2008. Hartsfield-Jackson offers more than 500 direct flights to cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin American, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. 
  • 80 percent of U.S. consumers can be reached in two hours air travel or less from Georgia. Similarly, more than 80 percent of the U.S. industrial market is within two days journey by truck from Georgia.
  • Georgia's Port of Savannah is the second largest container port in the U.S. Southeast and is the fastest growing port in the United States.
  • Georgia has three general-purpose Foreign Trade Zones in Atlanta, Brunswick and Savannah, where firms can delay, reduce and, in certain cases, eliminate U.S. customs duties on imported items.
  • Georgia boasts almost 70 public colleges, universities, and technical colleges around the state in addition to over 45 private institutes of higher learning.
  • Georgia’s geography is very diverse, offering many tourism opportunities. Its regions include the Mountains, Coast, Historic South, Southern Rivers and Metro Atlanta.
  • Georgia's Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is one of 12 national presidential libraries across the country and the only one in the Southeastern United States. It includes archived materials from the period when Jimmy Carter served as President of the United States (1977 – 81). 
  • In addition to President Jimmy Carter, some additional famous Georgians include Ted Turner, Martin Luther King Jr., Ambassador Andrew Young, Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, Juliette Gordon Low, Ty Cobb, Ray Charles, Bill Elliot, Julia Roberts and Travis Tritt.