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Posted: 8/17/2005 10:04:32 PM EDT
How many deaths, how many destroyed lives before those a$$hats close the damn border?

Stopping Meth Labs Hasn't Prevented Trade
By KELLY KURT
ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 17, 2005
www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/thrive/2005/aug/17/081703307.html
TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) - Just as some midwestern U.S. states are finding a strategy to put homegrown methamphetamine labs out of business, drug agents say they have begun finding more of the stimulant coming 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 smokeable Mexican meth known as "crystal ice" rose nearly fivefold, from 384 cases in the 15 months before the law to 1,875 since.

Mexican cartel cell 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."

Other states that have copied Oklahoma's anti-meth approach expect to see a similar tradeoff. 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."

Better enforcement may account for part of the jump in seizures of ice.

Before the state put pseudoephedrine tablets behind pharmacy counters, police and sheriff's deputies' days were consumed trying to find and stop the small labs where meth makers used items as common as rock salt, battery acid and drain cleaner to turn the cold medicine into powdered meth.

The volatile labs posed a threat to the cooks' neighbors, their own children and anyone who happened to stumble into the toxic mess.

Investigators who once lost a minimum of four hours on "small, nothing labs" while working in clumsy decontamination suits are now free to cultivate informants, perform surveillance and target organized trafficking rings, said Oklahoma City Police Lt. Tom Terhune.

Oklahoma's success in closing up its clandestine kitchens prompted more than a dozen other states to follow suit with similar limits on pseudoephedrine. Congress is mulling federal restrictions on the common nasal decongestant.

Many of those laws have been in effect just a few months and some states say it's too early to gauge the effect. But officials in Iowa and Arkansas are already reporting anecdotal evidence that ice trafficking is on the rise as labs decline.

"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.

Tennessee, where meth lab seizures have fallen 50 percent since the pseudoephedrine ban took effect March 31, hasn't seen an increase in ice trafficking. But Johnson said agents at a conference last week talked about preparing for it.

"We anticipate if people can't make it at home, we're going to see them trying other ways to get it," she said.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:09:49 PM EDT
I dunno.. better they build labs that blow up in Mexico than in the USA.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:13:42 PM EDT

Mexican cartel cell 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.


If they can bring that stuff across in large quantities, they can bring ANYTHING across............
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:16:25 PM EDT
It is a real shame our American drug makers are losing good paying jobs to Mexican drug makers. I say blame NAFTA.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:21:57 PM EDT
One more time, OPEN BORDER
I personally don't care what they are bringing across the border
It Needs To Stop
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:25:21 PM EDT
Meth can be made from easily obtainable, legal products.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:27:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LANCEMAN:
It is a real shame our American drug makers are losing good paying jobs to Mexican drug makers. I say blame NAFTA.

Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:28:05 PM EDT
News Flash: 30 Year Multi-Billion Dollar Drug War Fails to Cripple Drug Use, Sales.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:30:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By leelaw:

Originally Posted By LANCEMAN:
It is a real shame our American drug makers are losing good paying jobs to Mexican drug makers. I say blame NAFTA.




It would seem that the mexicans would be able to manufacture a great deal MORE meth
because they don't have to worry about being busted while purchasing supplies or cooking it
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 10:49:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By METT-T:
News Flash: 30 Year Multi-Billion Dollar Drug War Fails to Cripple Drug Use, Sales.


yep read Rising Phoenix by Kyle Mills
$2 mil one ex DEA guy problem pretty much solved
til the FBI screws it up
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 11:13:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By METT-T:
News Flash: 30 Year Multi-Billion Dollar Drug War Fails to Cripple Drug Use, Sales.



Faulty logic because there is no null hypothesis to compare. Or, in words simpletons can understand, we don't have any comparison to what the drug problem would be now if we never had a war on drugs.


80% of the meth is imported. And most domestic produced meth is consumed by the maker or their immediate family/friends.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:15:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By METT-T:
News Flash: 30 Year Multi-Billion Dollar Drug War Fails to Cripple Drug Use, Sales.



4000 year war on murder fails to stop murders too. People just aint paying attention to "Thou shall not kill" stuff
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