[Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield:] My estimate is that between 90 and 94 percent of all heroin consumed in the United States comes from Mexico. My estimate is that a very tiny percentage now, perhaps as little as 2 percent to 4 percent, comes from Colombia. And the remainder, which might be somewhere in the 4 to 6 percent category, comes from Asia, the majority of that coming from Afghanistan.
These numbers are obviously completely distorted from global numbers, since we also estimate that 80 percent – excuse me – of the world’s heroin is produced in Afghanistan, but very little of that comes to the United States of America. Not by the way, because it cannot reach North America; on the contrary, our neighbors to the north calculate that a majority of the heroin consumed in Canada, in fact, comes from Afghanistan. So it’s not that they cannot get their product into the United States; it is for other reasons that it is not at this time widely consumed in the United States of America.