Date Presented

Spring 5-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Communication Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Alina Klein

Second Advisor

Dr. Eric Kyper

Third Advisor

Dr. Dan Messerschmidt


Since the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, global counterterrorism policies have increasingly targeted terrorist financing sources. These increased financial counterterrorism regulations have diverted the traditional sources and methods of terrorist funding, including illicit drug revenue streams. The purpose of this paper is to measure the relationship between terrorist events (both domestic and transnational) and the prices of cocaine and heroin. Using regression analysis, I find that the annual U.S. illicit drug prices of heroin are statistically significant with domestic and transnational terrorist events. These results suggest that future counterterrorism policies should continue to be used in conjunction with counter narcotic policies.