Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Cartels are funneling meth to Washington state during pandemic

Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat  TY GUS  Source

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In the middle of a pandemic and a recession, drug cartels are doing a booming business.

In Washington state, the Drug Enforcement Administration says methamphetamine is coming in from Mexico.

"We are very concerned. You'll have regional distribution cells up here. These are high-level managers that are communicating directly with Mexico," said Keith Weis of the DEA office in Seattle.

In February, the DEA announced a crackdown on the cartels' eight major transportation hubs in the United States including Los Angeles, Phoenix and El Paso that funnel meth to the Pacific Northwest.

On the streets of Capitol Hill two weeks ago, KIRO 7 followed Travis Berge as he searched for used syringes with remnants of methamphetamine. Berge is a longtime meth user and well-known to Seattle Police.

"Really there is nothing in my life that makes me functional quite like meth," said Berge.

Last December, Radalyn King was accused of being high on meth when she drove onto a sidewalk on Aurora Avenue. Her vehicle struck four people and killed a brother and sister. In late December, Lee Skelly said he was high on meth when he drove a van through the front entrance of a Ross store in Burien.

Berge was arrested last June for assault, property destruction and resisting arrest. He served 240 days in the King County Jail and entered counseling. KIRO 7 caught up with Berge after his release in February. He said he was only doing meth on weekends.  

"I've completely changed my life from what I was doing before, shooting up meth 24/7, staying up all week, eating trash. I've reconnected with my whole family," said Berge.

Meth overdoses have quadrupled in King County. "We have seen a massive increase in methamphetamine overdoses the last five years," said Dr. Caleb Banta-Green of the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.

In 2019, Berge downplayed the danger. "People overdose on heroin really. People don't die off speed."

While Naloxone is saving the lives of opiate users, there is no such antidote for overdoses involving meth.

The cheap, long-lasting high of meth is attractive to users. The DEA is seeing a dramatic increase in Washington state.

"The prices have gone down and the purity levels are high. Last year, we had a record year. We seized over 3,200 pounds of methamphetamine," said Weis.

Last month, Berge was back on the streets of Seattle and back on meth every day. "COVID hit and I couldn't get to a psychiatrist or a library to get a job." While Berge vowed to return to his treatment program and pay restitution to his victims, he said his first priority was finding his next high. 

“I haven’t done meth since yesterday. So, I’m gonna go and get high,” Berge said.

37 comments:

  1. Who would of guessed that there was drug distribution and consumption in CHAZ. These damn liberals here will lead to those demons down south expanding their market share here in the U.S.

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    1. The demons are inside you!

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    2. Hmmmm here's a radical idea. Maybe. Stick with me here. Just Maybe. No one should smoke meth! Crazy shit I know.

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    3. Them bastions of liberal decay bring on their own demise, creating sanctuary havens for criminals to set up shop and remain there if busted, all the while these thugs and their illegitimates get social entitlements for themselves when other more deserving citizens foot the bill. Drive them out.

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  2. This is not true chivis. I live in Portland and if you’re involved or know about the meth world, the PNW is the crown jewel of where to unload that product, Portland specifically. All I’ve been gearing from my tweeker friends is how dry the entire area is. Yes I said tweeker friends since they don’t steal from me. Price has gone up 40-50%. This reports are jot accurate.

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    1. This is true I live in Longview wa. 40 min up north of Portland I have friend in the drug world there is a shortage of meth and Coke all the way to Seattle let' . Not forget H 2 THE SAD THING IS PEPOLE ARE DROPPING LIKE FLYES WITH fentanyl

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    2. You just haven't noticed what gone missing.

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  3. Seattle is notorious for being EXTREMELY lenient on drug users of all kinds. IIRC every major cartel had a presence in the city at one time, along with other ethnic DTO's as well (Russian, American Outlaw Bikers, Asian).

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  4. You can thank the Nazis for this...

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    1. Your history is correct, Hitler was a user

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    2. Military does more work on amphetamines.
      Food makes people fat and lazy, and the logística of feeding them their maruchan are impossible.

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  5. Shit aint cheap no more prices been going up from what iv heard

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    1. Pretty sure the current pandemic has something to do with it ..

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  6. It usually gets to Tri cities or Yakima wa before it heads out to Seattle or Canada. My understanding is Tri cities and yakima is a port and it heads north or to east like Montana and north Dakota. Look into the Bueno DTO connected to the Sinaloa cartel they operated the area for a decade or so

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    1. THey have ran the Yakima valley since the 70s. It's a storage depot for Sinaloa.

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    2. Price here (Seattle) went from $300 an oz to $800 according to my friend whose landlord sells/does the stuff.

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    3. It def comes through Eastern and central Was, but a ton comes right up I5. There's a small army of people that cross on foot through SD, and have people waiting to pick em up, and drive North. They bring about between 1-5 pounds, at a time. A guy I know used to be a driver. He got $1500 a trip plus all the dope he could smoke. He had 30hrs from Oly to SD and back. Made several trips a month. He said wherever it was the crosser met him, there's be at least a dozen doing the same thing.

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  7. What a shame, out here in CA Perico is getting hard to find.. they’re pushing this meth really hard on people.. god save their souls . Please DO NOT DO METH

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  8. It seems like Yaks is the port of entry. Rumor has it that LNFM has a cell in WA state called CDA that operates in central part of the state. Not sure what it stands for but they low key

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    1. Salem ore and yakima two main transport hubs in the north west most of the work being moved in the NW be it black,powder or crystal michoacanos and sinaloas

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    2. That kid who was a zeta boss that hijacked buses then made the passengers have gladiator fights came from Tieton just outside of Yakima.

      He was just another Yakima valley gang kid back in the 90s. The gangs in Yakima are directly shot called by the cartel. It's a storage Depot and it's a shithole of wholesale drugs, has been since the early 80s.

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    3. You talking about el wache?

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  9. Its not cheap its going up, at the beginning of the year it was around 1k a pound now its a little bit over 3k here in cali, on the east coast Ive heard its around 4.5k-5k

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    1. 4-5k is outrageous. I don't deal with it but I've seen people buying it. A gram in Florida goes for $50. So i would assume a lb is maybe 10k at least

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    2. I agree, the article is wrong about it getting cheaper unless this article was written before COVID. December/January the lbs were 900-1000, right now they are 3000-3200.

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  10. Yes, the prices are going up *and* the supply continues to flow. The cartels have used COVID as an excuse to jack up prices, which were running too low due to heavy market competition. Every cartel group is making tons (in some cases literally) of meth and that has driven prices down while purity has remained high. COVID letting them increase their profit margins.

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  11. The only difference between how AMLO runs México & how "progressive" liberals run Washington state is the number of guns..

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    1. Yer full of "it" if you need to badmouth Washington State's Progressive Liberals or AMLO.
      I BET you would not even be able to explain the labels or what they mean.

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  12. Prices here in Texas have almost doubles fr the price of meth.

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  13. I guess cocaine has fallen out of favor. Every coke user I knew that tried meth hated the stuff. From what I'm told, meth turns you into a sexual beast. Cocaine increases sexual desire but it is also is a vasoconstrictor.
    Prolonged vasoconstriction causes ischemia (reduced blood flow). And the male sex organ requires good blood flow to go long and strong into the wee hours of the night.
    Cocaine ain't great for sex, probably why in part meth has overtaken it.

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  14. If you really want to see what the cartels have done to Seattle watch this documentary from last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpAi70WWBlw&has_verified=1

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    1. That video is a hit piece by Sinclair broadcasting. It attempts to blame the meth crisis in Seattle on "Out of control homeless" but when other journalists followed up and investigated, most of the 'homeless' that were profiled in the video had apartments, they were just in meth psychosis from being up for too many days. They got so much shit that they tried to make a follow up, but nobody from the city or the Seattle police would even return their calls.

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  15. In Texas on the border meth can be had for Approximately 1000 dollars an lb depending on your connection And if you’re buying quantity it could be had for much less… It’s still coming in in massive amounts but from what I have heard the difficulty is getting it north

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  16. 800mxn an oz in uruapan

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  17. I’ve heard drug users complain about it going from 200-250 oz to 700 in Oklahoma

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