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Drug busts lead to seizure of illegal meth in Phoenix, Show Low
In a joint operation, investigators from the Major Crime Apprehension Team (MCAT), the Show Low Police Department, the Phoenix Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Phoenix Police Department recovered 26.6 pounds of methamphetamine worth at least $1,191,680, in two separate incidents in March 2016.
In the first probe that took place on March 19, the Show Low Police seized about 7.6 pounds of methamphetamine from a vehicle and arrested one person. It all happened when a police officer stopped a car at a traffic signal for speeding. Concerned over the inconsistent reasons cited by the driver for speeding, the officer contacted a Sheriff’s Traffic Enforcement K-9 Unit. The dog in the canine unit alerted about drugs in the vehicle which helped the department recover the methamphetamine tucked inside the vehicle.
As part of the ongoing investigation, the MCAT then joined hands with the Show Low Police Department, the Phoenix Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Phoenix Police Department and found an additional 10 pounds of methamphetamine in the trunk of a vehicle after they caught one more person in a traffic stop in downtown Phoenix on March 30.
While conducting a search at the suspect’s home in Phoenix, they recovered an additional 9 pounds of methamphetamine inside a bedroom safe, along with $9,500 cash.
The case is under investigation by multiple agencies and the identity of the suspects has not been released due to privacy issues.
Rising abuse of methamphetamine in Arizona
According to the DEA, law enforcement authorities recovered nearly 6,400 pounds of methamphetamine in 2015 from Arizona. Meth seizures, in fact, had dramatically increased from 1,613 pounds in 2010 to 4,884 pounds in 2013. There has been a whopping 294 percent increase of methamphetamine over the past six years in the state.
Methamphetamine has surpassed cocaine and now is one of the most prevalent drugs in the state. Erica Curry, a representative for the Phoenix Division of the DEA, emphasized that as the availability of cocaine is gradually decreasing, people are trying to find a stimulant which can replace cocaine but give the same euphoric high.
She also said that their officials are seeing larger amounts of methamphetamine as compared to heroin in Arizona. She said, “You can use heroin in smaller quantities than you can methamphetamine. Methamphetamine, heroin, number one, and number two without a doubt.”
With Mexican cartels shifting their cocaine trafficking to European markets terming it as more profitable, the DEA said that meth and heroin are more prevalent in Arizona now.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the U.S. had 569,000 current users of methamphetamine in 2014.
With an increasing prevalence of meth in Arizona and illegal seizures of the drug by investigators in Phoenix, warning bells are definitely ringing for a rising epidemic. Meth abuse has dire consequences, both physically and mentally. It is imperative to seek immediate medical treatment for meth addiction.
If you or your loved one is addicted to meth or any other drugs, please contact the Phoenix Drug Treatment and Rehab Center for a specialized addiction treatment. You can chat online or call at 480-696-5152 and our certified representation will guide you through the entire treatment process.