America's New Meth Source: Mexican Cartels
80% of US-sold meth is from Mexico: DEA
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 11, 2012 7:43 AM CDT
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2012, file photo a soldier stands in a room full of barrels containing white and yellow powder after a seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine at a small ranch in Tlajomulco...   (AP Photo/Bruno Gonzalez, File)

(Newser) – With US authorities battling stateside meth makers, Mexican "superlabs" are stepping in to take advantage of a shrunken supply. Cartels are sending purer, cheaper methamphetamine across the border—so much of it that 80% of the stuff now sold in the US is from Mexico, the Drug Enforcement Administration says. "These are sophisticated, high-tech operations in Mexico that are operating with extreme precision," an agent tells the AP. The supply can be as much as 90% pure, meaning a faster, stronger high for users.

Agents seized 4,000 pounds of meth on the Southwest border in 2007; last year, that figure had jumped to 16,000 pounds. Meanwhile, the price sank from $290 per pure gram to less than $90—a 69% drop. Production in Mexico has reached an "industrial scale," the AP notes, and the suppliers are "marketing geniuses," says a DEA agent. They're drawing in new customers by slashing prices as purity increases, boosting addiction. What's more, the drug is turning up more frequently in cities. While rural areas still get their supply from within the US, authorities are seeing Mexican meth in cities from Dallas to Salt Lake City. And that could mean more gang violence, officials say.

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KerouacDon
Oct 13, 2012 2:16 PM CDT
it must be incredibly frustrating to be a DEA agent.. no matter what you do, the drug war drums beat on. it's been said innumerable times- this is the wrong fed branch to fix this.
Utgard_Loki
Oct 11, 2012 7:52 PM CDT
I thought that forcing law abiding citizens to sign a ledger to get cold medicine was going to eliminate meth. Why is it that the government has to tell us how much sudafed we're allowed to have again?
ApolitickalExtremist
Oct 11, 2012 4:17 PM CDT
We act like as a society as a whole we don't suffer because a minority of the population uses these substances, but in reality we all suffer and we all have to suffer the consequences whether it's putting someone through rehab or getting robbed and/or killed by druggies. We need to do a combination of legalize weed, so it's more abundant, put "hard drug" users in rehab, and fucking annihilate anyone who manufactures these substances, we have to stop messing around and start killing these fuckers.