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Thursday, June 21, 2007

We Could Blame Our Nation's Policy and Lawmakers...But Blaming Mexicans is Always a Lot of Fun

DEA Microgram Bulletin --- Febuarary '07 [emphasis mine]
INTELLIGENCE BRIEF -

LARGE QUANTITIES OF VERY HIGH PURITY "ICE" METHAMPHETAMINE
BEING ENCOUNTERED ALONG THE MEXICO/TEXAS BORDER

The DEA South Central Laboratory (Dallas, Texas) has recently received several submissions of large quantities of unusually pure d-methamphetamine HCl (“Ice”). The submissions are from seizures made along the Mexico/Texas border by personnel from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Border Patrol, and/or the DEA.

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While these are not the first submissions of this type to the laboratory, it is very unusual for this laboratory to have multiple submissions of 99 percent plus purity “Ice” methamphetamine in such large quantities.

[Editor’s Comment: Restrictions on the domestic sales of ephedrine- and pseudoephedrine-containing products have had a significant impact on small-scale, domestic production of methamphetamine. As a result, Mexican-based Drug Trafficking Organizations have moved quickly to fill the void with increased production of “Ice” methamphetamine.]
Does anyone besides the usual legalization crowd care one bit about this type of negative consequence from prohibitionist legislation? Anyone in the MSM or politics? I suppose no one cares about a few more dead meth users, or feeding violent drug cartels in Mexico? And you can bet that if they do care to notice an increase in meth trafficking across the border they won't ever come close to touching the root cause of it.

Of course this was an obvious cause-effect relationship. You shut down domestic production, someone from across the border will fill the void. In a sense you have shut down small, mom-and-pop operations that were (on a whole) not as concerned about making monster profits. The motivation for most domestic meth producers is the same motivation that most low/mid-level dealers have. To cover their losses from recreational use and maybe make a small profit. They sell their product to friends, acquaintances; most people buying the meth are close to the production of it. That's an important quality control measure. It might seem crazy because we're talking about an illegal drug, but a relationship based on trust with your supplier probably keeps some of these meth-heads alive.

Then of course, we have the Mexican producers that need to produce a lot (some will be seized and never make it to market, also a much high risk premium is added than with domestic product), and preferably a lot of a high-quality, to increase the profit margin. So you end up with a lot of potent, potentially dangerous meth, made by faceless Mexicans. Was limiting my monthly allowance of Sudafed worth it?

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