Illegal Trade In North Carolina
North Carolina boasts a diverse and thriving economy. As the 9th most populous state, the Old North State has seen rapid transformation and growth across industries. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s positive attributes also make it appealing to illegal trade.
The state’s vast rural terrain provides opportunities for illegal drug-related activities, including methamphetamine laboratories often located in the mountains and woods of western and central North Carolina. Both rural and urban drug use have also risen due to illegal trade. In 2018, North Carolina ranked 10th in the nation for number of deaths from drug poisoning involving cocaine, and 1,785 people died from opioid-related overdoses. In 2020, there were 3,118 overdose deaths—a 38 percent increase in just two years.
The criminals who traffic in illicit drugs also traffic in a host of other goods, from counterfeit and stolen products to human beings. Sadly, North Carolina ranks 9th in the U.S. in reported human trafficking cases. Since 2007, North Carolina has had 1,827 reported cases of human trafficking, and this only represents the victims we know about. 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 North Carolina. Together, we can make North Carolina more secure.
We are United to Safeguard North Carolina from Illegal Trade.
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Protecting North Carolina:
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North Carolina currently ranks ninth in the U.S. in human trafficking cases. Since 2007, North Carolina has had 1,827 cases of human trafficking.
In 2018, North Carolina ranked 10th in the nation for cocaine poisoning deaths.
In 2021 alone, retail thefts in North Carolina totaled nearly $2 billion and cost more than $147 million in state and local taxes.
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