Illegal Trade In Arizona
The Grand Canyon might be Arizona’s most famous national park, but it’s far from being its only natural treasure. Arizona is still one of the wildest and most pristine states in the U.S.: Approximately 85 percent of land is made up of national forests, national parks, recreation and wilderness areas, wildlife preserves and Native American reservations.
But all that natural beauty and magnificent landscapes comes with a cost, especially when you consider Arizona’s 370-mile border with Mexico. The wilderness is hard to patrol, and easy for criminals to exploit. For example, Arizona ranks 14th in U.S. in human trafficking cases and has had 1,204 cases of human trafficking since 2007. Unfortunately, even trade crimes like counterfeits that may seem victimless—like the Arizona man caught trafficking more than $1 million worth of veterinary products—can have devastating effects.
These criminals diversify their activities and often use lower-risk commodities to finance even worse activities, from moving drugs to moving guns to moving people. These nefarious activities rob communities and governments from tax revenues.
In Arizona, cigarette smuggling costs Arizona taxpayers over $175 million every year. Further, Arizona accounted for more losses in transit of controlled prescription substances than any other state, with 17,514 incidents from 2014-2019. And while law enforcement is doing everything they can, it’s too much for them to handle alone.
This is why USA-IT is so proud to be working locally in Arizona. Together, we can make Arizona, and America, securer for everyone.
We are United to Safeguard Arizona from Illegal Trade.
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What we’re up against
Overall, Arizona accounted for more losses in transit of controlled prescription substances than any other state, with 17,514 incidents from 2014-2019.
In 2017, federal law enforcement in Arizona seized over $13 million in smuggled currency, third most in the nation.
Arizona ranks 14th in U.S. in human trafficking cases. Since 2007, Arizona has had 1,204 cases of human trafficking.
Total revenue lost due to tobacco smuggling in Arizona: $175 million.