I wanted to post an update to the status of my interesting new case I mentioned in my June 11 post – the Judge granted my motion to transfer venue to the District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Amarillo Division. We now get to try this case in Amarillo. The government lawyers will have to travel from the Dallas area to prosecute this case – better than me traveling there to defend it.
I found the following quite interesting:
- The National Drug Intelligence Center recently issued a report entitled “The Economic Impact of Illicit Drug Use on American Society.” According to their analysis, illicit drug use cost more than $193 billion in 2007. Of that number, $113 billion was spent on the criminal justice system at all levels of government.
- In 2010, the State Department estimated that the annual gross revenue of international drug trafficking organizations from the sale of illegal drugs in the United States ranges between $15 billion and $30 billion. It seems that the economic cost of the criminal justice system’s response to illegal drugs is far greater than drug cartel profits.
- The criminal justice system’s response to illegal drugs – locking up drug users and sellers – is big business in and of itself. The $113 billion number is roughly the same as Bank of America’s 2010 gross revenue ($111 billion according to its annual report). Henson concludes that if Bank of America is “too big to fail,” then so too is the War on Drugs.