Though most drugs are available in Minnesota the primary ones are methamphetamine, black tar heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana. The drug trafficking organizations that seem to be most responsible for smuggling drugs into Minnesota and controlling the trafficking at the higher levels are from Mexico.
There are a number of groups within the state that distribute these illicit substances and that also sell to other small groups to distribute, for example African-American and Native American gangs and various Caucasian groups.
Much of the cocaine that is sold in Minnesota comes from Detroit, Chicago and California. Mexican drug traffic organizations are responsible for most of the cocaine that does come into Minnesota and benefit the most from the sale of the drug, though crack cocaine drug trafficking is being done mostly by African-American gangs and groups.
While heroin is available in Minnesota, the amounts of abuse is not very high, though there have been more people using the drug lately. This use is largely concentrated in the St. Paul and Minneapolis area. Methamphetamine is brought in largely from a Mexico in is then distributed into states such as California, Washington, Arizona and Texas and then makes its way to a Minnesota. There is also methamphetamine manufactured inside the state by small labs.
The gay population in the state seems to be the biggest consumers of club drugs. PCP, magic mushrooms, ecstasy, GBL and GHB seems to be the most used. These are often taken in clubs, at raves and as stated above, within the gay community.
Marijuana is one of the most used drugs in Minnesota. This is very similar to other states in this regard. Most of marijuana is trafficked by various Mexican groups and many Hispanic gangs are responsible for most of marijuana distribution. However, Asian drug traffic organizations are also getting in on the marijuana trade and are beginning to cultivate high-quality marijuana and sell it.
Prescription drug abuse is also a problem in Minnesota. The most commonly used are Oxycontin, Ritalin, Benzodiazepines, Vicodin and methylphenidate.