FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

U.S. Gives $12M To Mexico To Combat Meth

August 23, 2012  | 

Bag of "ice" methampetamine. Photo via DEA.
Bag of "ice" methampetamine. Photo via DEA.

Mexico's federal police will receive $12 million from the U.S. government to enhance enforcement of methamphetamine production by Mexican drug cartels, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday.

The State Department funds come with a renewal of the Merida Initiative, an agreement signed today by Michele M. Leonhart, DEA administrator; Marisela Morales Ibáñez, Mexican attorney general; and Maribel Cervantes Guerrero, general commissioner of the Mexican Federal Police.

The funding will "enhance Mexico's capacity to safely secure clan labs, gather evidence, and destroy chemical precursors," according to a DEA release.

The federal police are expected to use the funds to train officers to disrupt and dismantle meth labs; purchase gear for the officers; and enhance intelligence, operational assistance, and information exchange to raid labs and destroy chemicals. The funding will also pay for investigations into where cartels purchase the precursor chemicals and how they get to Mexico.

Ephedrine, which can be converted to meth through a chemical process, is banned in Mexico. However, large shipments of ephedrine powder have been seized along the border. Mexico has no chemical control laws, so the foreign sources often can't be identified.

Other precursor chemicals include iodine, used to make hydriodic acid, and phenylpropanolamine tablet products.

Meth seizures in the U.S. have spiked since 2009, because cartel production of meth has increased significantly during that time. Mexico experienced a nearly 1,000% increase in seizure of clandestine labs and precursor chemicals, according to the DEA.

In 2011, U.S. seizures of meth within 75 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border reached 7,338 kilograms—more than twice the amount seized (3,064 kilos) in 2009. In Los Angeles, meth carries a street value of $9,000 to $12,000 per pound. A kilo equals 2.2 pounds.

"This stuff is coming in in droves, and we've got to deal with it," said Rusty Payne, a DEA spokesman. "Our state and local law enforcement agencies have to deal with all kinds of meth in their communities."

By Paul Clinton


Federal Funding Cut Cripples Meth Enforcement

Comments (15)

Displaying 1 - 15 of 15

Capt David LACO Retired @ 8/23/2012 5:43 PM

You are &#@(&%^ kidding me! The mexican authorities steal or confiscate maybe billions in cash and we are using our US tax money to give them money to fight meth! The govt may manufacture most of it..

Tim @ 8/23/2012 6:21 PM

This is absolutely ridiculous! Mexican federal police will get 12 million. Is this some kind of incredible joke? It's about 20 years to late to start combating meth.

Tom Ret @ 8/23/2012 6:42 PM

Someone needs to take the check book away from the federal government. The free Obama bucks will run out eventually when the system collapses from within.

Frank @ 8/23/2012 7:00 PM

The only thing this government should be giving the Mexican government is their Illegals and scumbag gang members. Will this crap ever stop? Do we really look that stupid? How about handing out the $12 million to the States to hire more LEO's. When are we going to take back this country?

michael @ 8/23/2012 7:40 PM

This is a Fuc-in Joke. The US Government is wasting our money again. Thank You Obama again.
They should be telling Mexico, Hey you want money, then US Soldiers help eliminate these Cartel POS. If you don't accept Military Assistance from USA..........No Dinero. Lets go in a kick so ass and put these AH where they belong, 6foot under period. That is our offer, take it or leave it. How many times have we given money to Mexico, it never gets better just worse. How many citizens and LEO's must die before Mexico wakes the fu-k up.

Givemore to Mexico @ 8/23/2012 8:42 PM

Ya great idea Obama. Give the Mexican Government 12 million, helicopters, guns, ammo and a fw of our agents. You guys are a real joke.... Sure wish we could get a change in leadership. Your Community Activist training sure prepared you to be the leader of the free world. What a shame....

Givemore to Mexico @ 8/23/2012 8:44 PM

Thanks you stupid gringos. Appreciate you taking all our drugs and poor. We also appreciate all the money. Please keep it coming and you can keep our poor and unemployed! Viva Mexico!

Mucho Gracias!

USA @ 8/24/2012 7:38 AM

1st-can we quit the "Obama bashing?" He is NOT THE FIRST Pres. to give money to this type of effort. Look at all the "RE- BUILDING" we have financed from "Wars" or whatever "Action" they want to call it. We have rebuilt citys because "we" caused damage while fighting THEIR wars for THEIR freedom! The US should NOT keep giving money to ANYONE. We need that 12M to help OUR OWN COUNTRY not everyone elses! I think the entire "International Affairs" assistance program needs re-tooling. Stop giving away our money, and using our people to fight for "their" Country problems, when we have enough of our own [ex: Drugs-poverty-criminals (POLITICAL & regular)-illegal immigrants-medical care- gas, etc, etc, - this list can go even longer but I think you get my point!] .

Frank @ 8/24/2012 10:16 AM

@USA Its not about the very first President ,last president its about the sittin President of the USA. Its entirely about today, now and tomorrow. The last thing this country needs is another nitwit politician giving the so called "Farm Away". We all work pay taxes to have every SOB suck off of us. THe Illegals should be gone and Immirgration laws should be up held. His entire Administration stinks because He's in office is thinking we are stupid. Look Holder on F&F.

Chuck @ 8/24/2012 10:51 AM

The freaking government gives 12 million to these assbags and I am losing officers everyday. I started off with a department of 24 and am now down to 13, I just had to issue 5 layoff notices because the state and federal ass hats decided to take more money away from my budget to help balance the budget they have screwed up in their efforts to provide welfare and benefits to every swinging dick that doesn't wan't work like my officers that are being layed off.

Frank @ 8/24/2012 3:19 PM

This is what I mean! Chuck loses LEO's because this country (Administration) is giving money to every foreign country with their hand out.

Before you know it the DOJ will be holding Federal Funds back from local PD's in the USA unless they hire Zeta members to fill vacant slots in their department. A new step in the Cultural Diversity Program that will eat at this country like cancer. Absurd? Absolutely! Look were we are today Twilight Zone.

Joe Pusher @ 8/25/2012 9:15 PM

News flash:

The mexican drug cartels give a lot more than 12 million to the mexican government, so it doesn't matter anyway.

And, as a side note, the "drug war" is a scam, so it wouldn't matter if you gave the mexican government a billion dollars.

How can there be so many cops posting on this site, and not even one of you have the instincts or street smarts to recognize an obvious scam when you see one? The scam is not the 12 million dollars to mexico. The scam is the billions of dollars snatched from the American taxpayers to support the prison industrial complex/drug war.


[email protected] @ 8/26/2012 7:04 PM

After 41 years and billions of dollars the "war" on drugs is still a smoke & mirrors sideshow. It's amazing how we can track and destroy terrorist in foreign countries but we can't erase the major suppliers in our own? Maybe we should recall all those SOPs guys we trained and turn them loose on the cartels. Oh, yeah, that wouldn't be PC.

Frank @ 8/26/2012 9:39 PM

So I can expect less meth in my community because of this 12 mil? I highly doubt it. It seems like this is one of those things that we arm our enemies and end up losing soldiers by the very weapons we provided.

Fed Cop @ 9/5/2012 9:59 AM

The $12 million is going to go toward better manufacturing, and hopefully the cartels will do some outsourcing to the US. See guys, you have it all wrong. This is Barry's plan to bring jobs back to the US

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.
Police Magazine