By Christopher Woody for Insider Business Australia. Americans spent $109 billion on illegal drugs in 2010, according to a White House study, roughly the same as the $108 billion they spent on illegal narcotics in 2000.

And while most of those drugs are imported from elsewhere, the cash Americans spent on them largely stays in the US.

This is mostly because of the way value gets added to illegal drugs, as well as the stringent efforts governments make to intercept illicit drugs and the profits they produce.

“A fair bit goes back to Latin America,” Tom Wainwright, author of “Narconomics” told Business Insider, “but the real millionaires, the real drugs millionaires, are right here in the United States.”

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