Methamphetamine Increases at U.S. Borders

Drug trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border isn't getting better. These days, children are now walking across the border with crystal methamphetamine in their backpacks or sometimes even between pages in their notebooks. These children are paid to carry the drugs across the border. They normally carry about 3 pounds and are given anywhere between 50 and 200 dollars a trip. Motorists are even filling tequila bottles, gas tanks, and windshield washer containers full of liquid methamphetamine.

Back in 2012, San Diego's San Ysidro border entry, which has about 40,000 cars and 25,000 pedestrians entering daily, counted for 40 percent of drug seizures. This was three times more than the usual second highest which is located five miles east of San Ysidro and five times more than the usual third highest in Nogales, Arizona. Authorities confiscated 5,566 pounds of the illegal drug at San Ysidro back in 2012. Altogether, authorities seized more than 13,195 pounds over the entire border.

After the United States started to crack down on the certain chemicals used to make the drug, Mexico increased their production of methamphetamine. It also shows Sinaloa cartel’s new hold on the prized Tijuana-San Diego smuggling corridor. The Sinaloa cartel is the head cartel in Mexico after 2008 turf war. The war caused numerous shootings, beheadings, and bodies hanging from bridges before the Sinaloa won. In total, 844 murders were reported as a result of the war. After the war was over and Sinaloa had officially come out on top, the murder rate when down. In 2012, the murder count was at 332 and next to none public displays of assault. Gary Hill, assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in San Diego, said that, "The Sinaloa cartel, their presence here has been strong enough to the point that no one is pushing back. They just simply want to focus on making money and moving the dope across.”

If you or a loved one are facing drug or criminal charges in Reno or Lake Tahoe areas, contact Joey Gilbert Lawto discuss your rights. Call (775) 574-4774.


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