The heroin pipeline

The Heroin Pipeline

Heroin makes its way into the US primarily from Colombia via Mexico. Once across the border, it is transported to major drug markets along the US Interstate Freeway system.

FROM SOUTH AMERICA ...

Colombia

... THROUGH THE WESTERN US

Transportation routes

Primary

Secondary

Tertiary

Seattle

San Francisco

Denver

Los Angeles

Oklahoma City

San Diego

Phoenix

Dallas

El Paso

San Antonio

... FROM THE MIDWEST TO THE EAST

Transportation routes

Primary

Secondary

Tertiary

Minneapolis

Boston

Detroit

Chicago

New York

Cleveland

Indianapolis

Richmond

Atlanta

Dallas

Jacksonville

Miami

... ON TO NEW ENGLAND

Portland

Manchester

Lawrence

Lowell

Distribution

hubs

Boston

Springfield

Worchester

Providence

PRIMARY

Fall River

Hartford

SECONDARY

New York

Boston, New England’s largest city, is predominantly a consumer drug market and is suplied by distributors in Lawrence, Lowell, and the New York metropolitan area.

FROM SOUTH AMERICA ...

Colombia

... THROUGH THE SOUTH WEST

Transportation routes

Primary

Secondary

Tertiary

Seattle

Boston

Detroit

Chicago

New York

Cleveland

San Francisco

Denver

Indianapolis

Richmond

Los Angeles

Oklahoma City

San Diego

Atlanta

Phoenix

Dallas

El Paso

Jacksonville

San Antonio

Miami

... ON TO NEW ENGLAND

Portland

Manchester

Lawrence

Lowell

Distribution

hubs

Boston

Springfield

Worchester

Providence

PRIMARY

Fall River

Hartford

SECONDARY

New York

Boston, New England’s largest city, is predominantly a consumer drug market and is suplied by distributors in Lawrence, Lowell, and the New York metropolitan area.

FROM SOUTH AMERICA ...

Colombia

... THROUGH THE SOUTH WEST

Transportation routes

Primary

Secondary

Tertiary

Seattle

Boston

Detroit

Chicago

New York

Cleveland

San Francisco

Denver

Indianapolis

Richmond

Los Angeles

Oklahoma City

San Diego

Atlanta

Phoenix

Dallas

El Paso

Jacksonville

San Antonio

... ON TO NEW ENGLAND

Miami

Portland

Manchester

Lawrence

Lowell

Distribution

hubs

Boston

Springfield

Worchester

Providence

PRIMARY

Fall River

Hartford

SECONDARY

New York

Boston, New England’s largest city, is predominantly a consumer drug market and is suplied by distributors in Lawrence, Lowell, and the New York metropolitan area.

SOURCES: National Drug Intelligence Center; New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis, 2011; Drug Enforcement Administration

James Abundis / Globe Staff