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

Top News

DEA: Meth Lab Incidents Rose 39% In Four Years

November 20, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of DEA.
Photo courtesy of DEA.

Meth remains a growth industry with heavy demand across the country that has required increasing law enforcement resources to handle, according to Scripps Howard News Service report.

The number of meth lab incidents rose 39% from 2008 to 2011, according to Special Agent Jeffrey Scott of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The public has it wrong if it thinks the meth threat has disappeared just because we aren't hearing about "trailers catching fire or hotel rooms exploding," Scott told the media outlet.

About 80% of the meth on American streets comes from Mexico, smuggled over the Southwest border dissolved in water, windshield wiper fluid or beer or hiding in fruit or produce, according to the report.

In August, the DEA gave $12 million to Mexican federal police to secure clan labs, gather evidence, and destroy chemical precursors.

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.

The increasing popularity of meth's cheap, euphoric high appears to be replacing more pricey street drugs such as cocaine and heroin, according to the Department of Justice's October report "Monitoring Drug Epidemics and the Markets that Sustain Them." Marijuana remains widely popular as well.

Related:

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

Tags: DEA, Meth Labs, Crime Trends, Drug Enforcement


Be the first to comment on this story





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.

Other Recent News

Missing Texas Deputy's Body Found in Lake
Rescue crews recovered the body of Travis County Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis from Lake...
Search for Suspect in Pa. Trooper Ambush Focuses on Dense Woods
Pennsylvania State Police paused to pay tribute to their fallen comrade, then got back to...
Tennessee Man Accused of Threatening to Join Islamic State and Kill Officer
A man arrested on suspicion of drunk driving told a Nashville officer, "I am going to join...
COPS Office Releases Report on Body-Worn Cameras
The COPS Office has released "Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and...
FBI Said to Begin Tracking Animal Cruelty Cases
The FBI will begin tracking animal cruelty cases just as they track other crimes, Wayne...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine