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Meth from Mexico floods San Diego
In the past five years, methamphetamine seizures at border ports of entry by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have seen a 300 percent increase, according to the San Diego County’s Methamphetamine Strike Force 2015 Report Card.
According to the report, meth is being produced in a large quantity at Mexican “superlabs”, which resemble the approved pharmaceutical labs. The meth production is handled by university educated chemists and engineers, who claim to produce a pure form of the drug. Of late, Mexican drug cartels have been using drones and children to smuggle cheap and high quality meth across the border in liquid form, concealed in laundry detergent and antifreeze containers.
The report highlights the alarming increase in meth-related deaths, emergency-room visits, and arrests. Emergency-room visits have soared to 141 percent in the last four years. Forty-five percent of adults arrested in 2014 tested positive for methamphetamine, compared to 27 percent in 2010.
Terming the methamphetamine trend as “deeply troubling”, San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacobs told nbcsandiego.com that 262 people in San Diego County have died of meth in 2014. The youngest was 17 years old and oldest 70.
“The trend lines are deeply troubling and show that we must continue to wage war against a drug that is tearing families apart,” said Jacob in a statement. “Make no mistake: meth is death, meth breaks lives, and we need to continue to do all we can to stem the tide of this terrible drug into our communities.”
A search of a vehicle trunk near the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 5 on Dec 15, 2015, exposed two large black bags filled with 28 bundles of methamphetamine. The bags were seized by the San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents.
In a major drug bust on August 10, 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard was successful in seizing more than $1 million worth of cocaine at San Diego Naval Base. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Coast Guard and partners from the Navy, federal law enforcement and allied nations teamed up to apprehend 215 suspected smugglers and successfully confiscated more than 119,000 pounds of cocaine. The seized drug is estimated to be $1.8 billion.
These incidents spark aggressive thoughts in the minds of all those who want the county to be sober and completely off drugs. With regular drug busts, it is sure that San Diego is making progress in reducing the drug transition and consumption.
San Diego also offers many rehab facilities to help addicts lead a normal life. For those in need to free themselves from drug addiction, San Diego Drug Treatment Rehab Center is a service that gives local residents a second chance to live their lives to the fullest. If you or a loved one is dealing with an addiction to methamphetamine, contact us online or call 619-567-2107 to learn more about supportive options in your local community.