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Drug trafficking 'completely disrupted' by coronavirus pandemic: DEA
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The drug trafficking industry has been “completely disrupted” by the coronavirus pandemic, which has spiked prices, in some cases, by more than 50 percent and stymied nearly all aspects of the drug trade and money laundering processes, a New York-based Drug Enforcement Agency head told FOX Business on Tuesday.
“The illicit drug trafficking business is being directly impacted by the pandemic, just like any other legitimate commerce would,” said Ray Donovan, Special Agent-in-Charge of the DEA’s New York Office. “It’s not only in the manufacturing, it's literally in the manufacturing production, the smuggling, the transportation and distribution. So all the facets of drug trafficking are being hit. And we see it here in our communities in New York City, but we also see it across the nation.”