Profits from Drug Smuggling

Federal law enforcement officials in the United States broke up a drug smuggling ring on the border of Arizona and Mexico in October 2011. Over the course of five years, the drug smuggling ring was estimated to have made over $2 Billion in profit from smuggling over 3 million pounds of marijuana, 20,000 pounds of cocaine, and 10,000 pounds of heroin into the United States.

Source: Marc Lacy, “76 Arrested as Officials Break Up Mexico-to-Arizona Drug-Smuggling Ring,” New York Times, October 31, 2011.