Most drug trafficking is carried out in secrecy and is divorced from legal commerce. However, not all of the process is clandestine and precursors trafficking often intersects with legitimate commerce or customs controls, e.g. in order to source materials or transport shipments. These cross over points provide an opportunity to stop incidents of trafficking by using regulatory and interdiction tools. Controlling the procurement of the chemicals necessary to manufacture and process drugs is such a tool.
Drugs, Crime and Terrorism