The war on drugs, announced by Ronald Reagan decades ago, rages on. Today, methamphetamines are among the most dangerous and pervasive drugs sold on the black market and targeted by government forces. In recent history, meth has been produced in clandestine labs- labs thrown together inside a home or apartment.
A shift in methamphetamine production and selling has occurred, however, with the new laws controlling the sale of pseudoephedrine, a drug used in the production of methamphetamine crystals.
Pseudoephedrine, what used to be an over-the-counter decongestant, is now only available behind the pharmacy counter and only with identification and a signature. Now, purchasers of pseudoephedrine products are limited to two items only.
This change in legal monitoring has definitely affected the meth production in the United States. However, as with many victories in the drug war, it was followed shortly thereafter by a new route for meth distribution- meth produced in Mexico is now being shipped into the United States in massive quantities.
In Utah, there are connections to the major Mexican cartels that distribute Meth in the beehive state. A drug bust back in April, 2010, was an example of such a connection to Mexican producers. Six Mexican nationals were arrested in the bust at a location in the heart of suburbia, in Riverton.
Part of the Zetas Cartel, these six individuals had stashed over four pounds of meth, four pounds of heroin, and a pound of cocaine. These drugs were hidden in the walls of the home, but thanks to the tips of neighbors and a careful investigation, the officers were persistent in their search, and it paid off.
Blue meth was one of the drugs found in the bust. Blue meth is a form of methamphetamines that can be produced even more quickly and with an even smaller lab than the original white and clear crystal form of meth.
The officers involved in the bust discussed the incredible measures taken by the cartel members, even alterations in ‘delivery’ vehicles, to hide the drugs in concealed places. As one of the officers remarked, the increase in meth drug trafficking across the border, from Mexico, has brought with it more danger and more violence than ever before.