"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mexican Cartels Are Putting Mom and Pop Meth Labs Out of Business

Goodbye Mom & Pop Businesses
Now the Mexicans are taking away jobs 
Americans want to do.

(Vice News)  -  The days of mom and pop methamphetamine labs may be drawing to a close in the US. It's not that meth is any less popular — consumption numbers remain steady — but the dwindling supply generated from the cottage industry is being quickly replaced by transnational Mexican cartels.
The number of labs — think Breaking Bad-style motor homes in middle America — has fallen from almost 24,000 in 2004, to 11,573 in 2013, according to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) data reported by the Associated Press. The 2013 seizures are a slight increase of 363 from 2012. 
For the first time in more than a decade, the number of cooking operations in America's meth heartland has shown a consistent decline, at least according to the stats the feds are publicizing. It now seems the drug is coming up from south of the border.
Meth seizures along the border have spiked, according to DEA seizure data obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request made by VICE News. 
In California, for example, the feds captured more than three and a half metric tons of the drug in 2013, up from 2012's half a ton, and lesser amounts in years past.
Texas showed a startling increase as well — with the feds seizing one and a half metric tons, versus about 350 kilos in 2012. The trend continues through Arizona, where more than one metric ton was seized in 2013 compared with about 220 kilos in 2012.
New Mexico was the only border state where seizures have remained relatively flat in recent history, according to the DEA documents.
The spike in border seizures is likely the result of multinational crime syndicates dominating the American methamphetamine market, according to Sergeant Jason Grellner of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, the local law enforcement agency in a meth-plagued part of Missouri. The upshot, Grellner said, is that police are now devoting fewer resources to busting local labs.
"The good thing for the communities is this: meth is a horrible drug that decimates the user, and the labs are manpower intensive to destroy," Grellner told VICE News. "With [mom and pop] labs, it's like swatting mosquitoes in July. And now we can go back to working drugs in a traditional and effective manner."

Read the full story Vice News.

No comments: