Tuesday, September 18, 2007

80 percent of meth is now smuggled in from Mexico

A federal law limiting the sales of ingredients used to make methamphetamine means that Americans now have to show an ID and sign a book in order to get an 'over the counter' decongestant that works.

At least they’re cutting down on the amount of methamphetamine on the streets. No they're not. Illegal and highly addictive meth is more available than ever due to Mexican drug traffickers.

"Mexican criminal groups have gained control over most distribution of the drug" says a report by the Justice Department's National Drug Intelligence Center. In fact, 80 percent of the drug found in the U.S. is now smuggled in from Mexico.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-MT, and Senator Charles Grassley, R-IA, are from largely rural states plagued by use of meth, and is still somewhat of a novelty on the East Coast. The two will review recent national reports and congressional staff research at a Senate Finance hearing Tuesday intended to keep the pressure on to fight to control the spread of meth. The hearing will focus on how to battle meth flowing in over the Mexican border.

Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker announced the indictments of 22 men and women, most from Mexico, 17 of them illegally in the country, in a massive drug ring that operated in Iowa during the last two years. A bust netted more than 20 pounds of meth.

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