Drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are complex organizations with highly defined command-and-control structures that produce, transport, and/or distribute large quantities of one or more illicit drugs.
DTO’s can be regional, domestic organizations (e.g. Pill-Mills, street gangs) or involve a variety of international organizations. Most source supply of illegal controlled substances are supplied via international sources.
Mexican DTOs are more deeply entrenched in drug trafficking activities in the United States than any other DTOs. They are the only DTOs that are operating in all nine Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) regions and all 32 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs). They are active in more cities throughout the country than any other DTOs. Law enforcement reporting and case initiation data show that Mexican DTOs control most of the wholesale cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine distribution in the United States as well as much of the marijuana distribution.« Back to Glossary Index