Thursday, May 1, 2008

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: Meth

It's the time of year again when open borders advocates take to the streets to demand amnesty for illegal aliens. We here at the Kansas Citian thought we'd take the opportunity to post a special five part limited series entitled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors. Each day, concluding on Cinco de Mayo, we will post a special feature detailing a specific reason why we need a secure fence along the southern border of the United States.

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Methamphetamine, now considered the greatest drug problem facing the western U.S., is spreading across the rest of the country like a cancer, according to the Department of Justice.

A report by the DOJ found that 80 percent of the meth in the U.S. was produced in Mexico. Mexican drug cartels, adept at meeting growing demand from meth addicts, are smuggling record amounts of meth across the southern U.S. border with Mexico.
In the first three weeks of April, U.S. officials confiscated more than $30 million worth of methamphetamine destined for distribution points in California, Washington, Dallas, Kansas City, and Atlanta, Ga.

In 2007, customs agents seized $220 million worth of meth, more than 2000 pounds, at the six border crossings from Mexico into California alone.

"Drug trafficking organizations based in Mexico do not confine themselves by our boundaries, borders or laws," Arnold Moorin, the DEA Special Agent in Charge in Seattle, said following the arrests.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says that approximately 150,000 meth addicts were admitted to taxpayer funded treatment facilities in 2006, that's up from 65,000 in the year 2000.

While it's true a fence along the U.S. border with Mexico would not stop 100% of the methamphetamine entering the country, it would have a greater impact than the current practice of apprehension alone.

In 1994 the the Sandia national security laboratory issued a report that stated the use of multiple lighted barriers, with patrol roads between the barriers, would have a significant and dramatic impact on the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.

2 comments:

Dustin said...

One of my favorite sites in the world is facesofmeth dot com.

Anonymous said...

I always thought it was strange that meth cooking has been associated with low class whites, when in reality 80% of it comes from Mexico. Until I saw report about it on PBS, I always assumed it was a local, "home grown" drug.