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According to CBP information, cocaine seizures along the SWB decreased 19.4 percent between 2017 (13,255 kilograms) and 2018 (10,684 kilograms). The majority of cocaine seized along the SWB was seized in California (50.1 percent), with the second most seized in Texas (40.7 percent). Nationwide, cocaine seizures decreased 21.7 percent from 33,981 kilograms in 2017 to 26,598 kilograms in 2018. This decrease may be the result of record seizures in 2017, which saw the most cocaine seized since at least 2010 (see Figure 64). The decrease likely means there is a surplus of cocaine already in the United States, reducing the need for cocaine importation. This decrease also points to the possibility that domestic supply is outpacing current demand. Wholesale kilogram prices are considerably higher outside of the United States; therefore, traffickers may have changed tactics and begun to smuggle more cocaine to Europe, Asia, and Australia instead of the United States for the higher potential profits.
2019 Drug Enforcement Administration National Drug Threat Asssessment (Washington: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, January 30, 2020): 70 <>.