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Thursday, August 9, 2007

US Cities Hit With Cocaine Shortage

From Dozens of U.S. cities have been hit with a shortage of cocaine, causing prices to skyrocket as law enforcement efforts in the United States, Mexico and Central and South America disrupt sources.

White House drug czar John P. Walters said this week that reports from investigators across the country indicate what he called an unprecedented shortage of the drug in at least 37 cities.

Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Tuesday that the reports, most of which are gleaned from top-end investigations of drug organizations and often include wiretaps, suggest a declining supply that could lead to fewer people using the drug.

"This is on a wide scale," he said. "Obviously we're pleased. This means there are fewer people being harmed by the drug."

He said there was no way to strictly quantify the shortage nationwide or any particular markets.

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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