Located in Palm Beach County on the southeast tip of Florida, Delray Beach is known for its beach, nightlife, and ethnic diversity. However, the characteristics that make it popular among vacationers, snowbirds, and residents also make it a hotspot for drug trafficking and excessive substance use.
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How Does Delray Beach Compare to Other Cities in Florida?
Delray Beach is home to about 68,000 people. Its four largest ethnic groups are White (Non-Hispanic), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic), White (Hispanic), and Asian (Non-Hispanic).
Like much of coastal Florida, the ethnic diversity that makes Delray Beach’s culture so rich also makes it easy for drug traffickers and criminal groups from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica, and other countries to blend in. These traffickers take advantage of the port of Palm Beach and well-developed transportation infrastructure to move illicit drugs from their home countries into the bustling metropolises of the state and the U.S. at large.
Transporters use boats, commercial and private aircraft, and package delivery services to sneak illicit drugs into the state. Some also use commercial trucks, personal vehicles, buses, and railcars to move illegal substances to other major distribution centers like New York and Atlanta.