Despite Donald Trump’s outlandish plan to build a wall on the border in between the U.S. and Mexico, drugs continue to be smuggled, especially in the Southwest region. A recent study on large-scale drug arrests shows that trafficking is more rampant in Arizona than anywhere else.
The report, conducted by data scientist Logan Freedman, found that six out of the top ten areas in which drug-related arrests happen most frequently are located in Arizona. The study looks at comprehensive data from various border ports over the last five years.
Although the data shows that incarceration for hard drugs like cocaine, heroin, and meth have risen, it also shows a noticeable decline in cannabis-related arrests. This hints at the possibility that the increase in legalization nationwide may be reducing the demand for pot from across the border.
Interestingly enough, even with the decline in cannabis-related arrests, marijuana still makes up 57.55% of the total drug arrests at the border. Nearly all of the arrests made at the Douglas port of entry are marijuana-related. Cannabis smuggling has also remained prominent in the Yuma area, though the high number of…