Thursday, December 19, 2019

DEA Says Meth is King in California Thanks to Mexican DTOs

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: ABC7
                         
'Meth is king in California': Golden State is major hub for Mexican drug cartel activity, DEA says

A recent report found methamphetamine was the most common drug implicated in drug overdose deaths in California in 2017, and a top DEA official said the Golden State's proximity to Mexico is a major factor in the drug's regional prevalence.

"Meth is king in California, and trends in California push east. Unfortunately, because of our proximity to the Mexico border, because of the Cartel control of the region directly south of us here, we are gonna get flooded with whatever they can make money on. Right now, it's methamphetamine," said Bill Bodner, deputy special agent in charge of the DEA's Los Angeles division. "They control the supply chain, they manufacture the drug themselves, they can bring it across the border, they can sell it and make a huge profit here."

In the majority of states west of the Mississippi River, methamphetamine was the most common drug implicated in drug overdose deaths, according to a report released in October by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which utilized data from 2017, the latest available.

While the report didn't examine potential underpinnings of those drug overdoses patterns, Bodner pointed to geographical factors.

"We are a transshipment hub for Mexican cartel methamphetamine coming into the United States," Bodner said. "It comes across the border, it comes here to Los Angeles, it's broken up into smaller loads. Some of it is sold here in Los Angeles, and some of it transported to the Midwest and to the East Coast."

In October, the DEA's Riverside division seized more than 700 pounds of methamphetamine during a drug bust in South Los Angeles.

Bodner said the DEA is ramping up efforts to combat drug activity in California.

"We have an extensive network of informants, undercover operations, wiretaps and other kind of intelligence operations that we conduct to locate the drugs and to go out and try to get it off the street," he said.

For people who use methamphetamines, treatment and resources are slim. Opioid addiction can be treated with the medications buprenophine or methadone, and opioid overdoses can be reversed with the drug naloxone. There's no FDA-approved medication for methamphetamine treatment, nor any overdose reversal drug to revive people, Dezman explained. Developing such a treatment is a top research priority for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, he added.

Despite the regional implications of the CDC report, fentanyl is still driving the nation's opioid crisis. The potent opioid, the most frequently cited substance in drug overdose deaths, was involved in 39% of those cases in 2017.

In comparison, nationwide, heroin was involved in 23% of overdose deaths, cocaine was involved in 21% and methamphetamines were involved in 13%.

The nation's drug overdose death rate has more than tripled since 1999, with 70,000 cases in 2017, according to the CDC.

21 comments:

  1. What about the prescription drugs ?

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    1. 10:55 prescriptions have done their job,
      the addicted customers are on their own, but somebody got their names, and help will always be in the way, Big Pharma got lists longer than the devil's nails and mexican producers to blame for it, never mind the chinese, they paying "tariffs" and give patents to select friends...

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  2. I was at a gun show in san diego recently and seen lots of shady characters from Mexico walking around with rolexes and buchonas on arm

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    1. Looks lovely me they are sticking up with guns and ammo, to snuggle into MEXICO, they too are part of the problem, fueling guns to the bad hombres, thereby Innocents get killed.

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    2. 6:29 YOU SNUGGLE with drug and weapons traffickers
      like a money hungry buchona...

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  3. Oh, Don't get me started. WHAT about them ?
    Yes, they were overprescribed for awhile.
    Now, you can have major surgery and get released with Tylenol.
    THAT is not a step in the right direction.
    Nearly every news report mischaracterizes MOST real statistics, the OD's are almost all from people using street drugs which are now laced with everything under the sun, esp Fent. Plus some of those people were forced off their prescription drugs or can no longer afford them or get them from their doctors; and guess what ? Many if no MOST rehab centers do not even have medical "tools" to use with patients who have to come in and just "Cold Turkey " their way thru withdrawal, which can be very dangerous.
    This is 2020, we have the tools; many doctors can ease an addicts suffering by guiding them "off" the offending drug , ie meth or heroin, fentanyl, or combos of prescription drugs WITH OTHER DRUGS that are highly useful for that purpose.
    I have discussed this subject extensively with my own doctor, he actually looks for interesting cases of addiction and uses methods to ease the patients suffering BEFORE they get sent to Rehab for " Behavioral therapy" and / or group therapy and all the standard things that are offered at rehab facilities.

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    1. Same here. Chronic pain sufferer from 5 failed back surgeries and neck problems. On fent patch for ten years. Worked great! No issues. No abuse. Then they took me off in 2017 because of all the media hoopla. Put me on high dose hydrocodone which is bad for my kidney (lost one to cancer). I'm only 49. The bureaucrats in DC seem completely out of touch with the doctors around the country. Yes there has been overrescribing. But when you suddenly cut people off, they will go to the street to get pain relief.
      Mn

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    2. The most successful drug rehab therapy is William hitt clinic ( Tj)which invented custom Intravenous amino acid therapy.just 10 days.its currently the most successful detox in the world.

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    3. 11:50 most addicts do not want to quit,
      they were left orphan too late, and many of them recruit to feed their own vice.
      Government refuses to help the despised addicts as if they were trying to get an abortion for free on top of their food stamps, besides that would not make profit for their good friend lobbyists...

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  4. All of USA is getting polluted with drugs, which makes the cartels happy

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    1. And it makes corrupt officials (on both sides of the border) very rich!

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  5. In Texas cocaine is still king lol . Followed by heroin.. or vice versa..

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  6. 1lb of glass is going for $1,000 here in la super cheap

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    1. 1500.00 per lb in Riverside county . A lot of re-rock going around . But it depends on whos pushing it . Integrity matters

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    2. @2:05 that's ready for the street (not pure), right?

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  7. mid Central USA, Used to see Meth made from Anhydrous Amonia around pre 2007-8. Today narco lab Chemists are processing it strait from scratch with no psudo efedrine pills. And today I see the blue fentynl pills are easy to get. Sinaloa supplies most of the state here comming From Cali and Arizona

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  8. You can only blame the consumer.

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  9. In my home town of El Centro California there is a meth house operating just across the street to a elementary schoolto this day. I tried my first rail of ice there. Meth is very common in California, a lot of my friends have done meth obliviously believing it was cocaine.

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  10. Such an awful addicting drug.... Hopefully people selling it get life...

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    1. Hopefully the people making it get death !

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