DEA Cracks Down on Meth, Launches Operation Crystal Shield

by AmericasKeepersAdmin on February 21, 2020

The Drug Enforcement Agency is launching a new operation to crack down on Meth trafficking hubs across the country.

Operation Crystal Shield will target eight cities which account for more than 75% of the meth distribution across the United States. The DEA has identified Atlanta, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Phoenix and St Louis as the cities where meth arrives in bulk to then be distributed across the country.

The DEA will also focus in on the drug cartels that are responsible for bringing the drug into the United States.

The operation comes after recent reports have revealed that there has been a surge in methamphetamine related deaths. The drug has been a leading cause of violence and death in the United States for decades.

Between fiscal year 2017 to 2019 the seizure of meth has more than doubled and meth related arrest increased by more than 20% of that time period.

While production of meth in the U.S. has almost stopped after a 2005 law that limited the over the counter supplies that could be bought to produce meth, a vast majority of the drug comes in from Mexico.

The goal of Operation Crystal Shield is to reduce the meth supply in the United States in hopes to decrease the deaths from the drug as well as the crimes associated with it.

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