According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, drug traffickers constitute 16% of state felony sentences — the largest major offense percentage, and offenders have a 33% rate of imprisonment.
This number represents an increase, which the BJS says reflects public concern.
The United States Sentencing Commission reports that seven drug types account for 98% of drug trafficking offenses (2022 data). Methamphetamine accounts for almost half (48.8%), followed by powder cocaine (17.4%), fentanyl/analogues (12.6%), heroin (8.1%), crack cocaine (5.6%), marijuana (4.1%) and oxycodone (1.4%).
Further reported by the USSC:
- 82.2% of drug trafficking offenders were men
- 42.7% were Hispanic, 28.1%