There are two sources of illegal opioids: legitimately manufactured ones that have been diverted to drug dealers, and criminally manufactured ones that were always intended for dealers. A special video dispenser, markings on the pills, and a little machine vision can go a long way toward dealing with the legitimately manufactured ones. This column, however, is concerned about with the criminally manufactured opioid pills.
The setting is 10 ports of entry. For simplicity each port has 1000 importers of whom 100 are smugglers (but law enforcement does not know who they are). Each importer brings in 10 containers per day (so 10,000 containers per port per day) and there are 10 packages per container. One agent can inspect five containers per day. Law enforcement (L) has 1000 agents altogether for all 10 ports.
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