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Local meth labs down 90%, imported meth up 500% [OK]
    #4552235 - 08/18/05 05:40 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Oklahoma meth users importing
August 18, 2005 - nwsource.com

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Just when Oklahoma finally found a way to put its homegrown methamphetamine labs out of business, drug agents began finding more meth from Mexican cartels on the street.

Oklahoma's meth-lab seizures have fallen 90 percent since April 2004, when it became the first state to ban over-the-counter sales of everyday cold and allergy medications that can be converted into methamphetamine in makeshift labs.

But at the same time, seizures of smokable Mexican meth known as "crystal ice" rose nearly fivefold, from 384 cases in the 15 months before the law to 1,875 since.

Mexican groups that traditionally focused on trafficking cocaine, heroin and marijuana have added methamphetamine to their supply, said Lonnie Wright, director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.

"We're regrouping and we're kind of at a crossroads," Wright told members of the Oklahoma Sentencing Commission this month. "I think we're through with meth labs, at least for now."

Oklahoma's success in shutting down the labs prompted more than a dozen other states to follow suit with similar limits on pseudoephedrine. Congress is mulling federal restrictions on the nasal decongestant, found in common medicines such as Sudafed and Nyquil.

Other states that have copied Oklahoma's approach expect to see a similar increase in Mexican meth.

"If you're a meth addict, you either throw in the towel and go into treatment, or you scramble to find some other way to get it," said Curt Smith, assistant director of programs for Iowa's Office of Drug Control Policy in Iowa.

But drug agents say they can fight ice with techniques they already employ against cocaine and other organized drug trafficking.

"Clandestine labs are like forest fires cropping up all over the state," said Jennifer Johnson, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations. "When you have something that's big and contained, at least you can fight it in the same way you always have."


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Re: Local meth labs down 90%, imported meth up 500% [OK] [Re: veggie]
    #4552646 - 08/18/05 07:45 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

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But drug agents say they can fight ice with techniques they already employ against cocaine and other organized drug trafficking.

"Clandestine labs are like forest fires cropping up all over the state," said Jennifer Johnson, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations. "When you have something that's big and contained, at least you can fight it in the same way you always have."




And we all know how well that's working out for them. :smirk:


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Re: Local meth labs down 90%, imported meth up 500% [OK] [Re: veggie]
    #4552676 - 08/18/05 07:56 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Hopefully the Mexicans actually know how to make it. The meth here seems very iffy, since many people who couldn't make pancake batter were just getting recipes off the internet and cooking up meth.

At least the Mexican superlabs should have experience in making it correctly, rather than some kid wanting a few extra bucks.

Of course, the best solution would be legalizing it.


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Re: Local meth labs down 90%, imported meth up 500% [OK] [Re: Ravus]
    #4553537 - 08/18/05 11:17 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

As I understand it, at least in the west coast, regardless of the definate activity of local producers, 80% of methamphetamine was STILL imported ('cause super labs are, well, SUPER) and of good purity.

There's BIG MONEY in making it easier for the big drug cartels to make money.


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Re: Local meth labs down 90%, imported meth up 500% [OK] [Re: veggie]
    #4555047 - 08/19/05 12:35 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

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But at the same time, seizures of smokable Mexican meth known as "crystal ice" rose nearly fivefold, from 384 cases in the 15 months before the law to 1,875 since.




Since when isnt all crank smokeable?


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Re: Local meth labs down 90%, imported meth up 500% [OK] [Re: Madtowntripper]
    #4556363 - 08/19/05 08:17 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Somehow you'd think agencies that powerful would know damn well that they can't stop black market business that easily, or at all for that matter.

Wow, you cracked down on meth labs and now you have a problem with imports? Who'd have thunk it?


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