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Undergraduate Research Journal

Abstract

This paper is a content analysis of traffic stop drug seizures throughout the Midwest from January 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. Information is gathered from news articles regarding interstate or major highway drug seizures. The results examine various characteristics of the traffic stop and the suspect involved. The average traffic stop drug seizure happens on Thursday afternoon. The suspect is usually male, aged 20-29, and in most cases is charged with intent to distribute. The suspect is typically in a newer SUV and is in possession of marijuana. It is likely the suspect is a resident of the state of California, as that is an area experiencing heavy drug trafficking. This paper focuses on the widespread use of marijuana and the impact of varying legality throughout the United States on drug trafficking.

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