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.