The number of meth lab busts in Oklahoma since the beginning of this year alone is almost unimaginable. And yet these busts, numbering in the hundreds, grows daily. Headlines across literally every county in our State are screaming that this deadly menace is a threat to every neighborhood, including our own.
Law enforcement is carrying on a diligent fight to thwart these poison factories. It is a fight beset with difficulties. The ease in which a lab can be set up is scary, and it is this simplicity that plagues the concentrated efforts of the law and has sparked this horrendous epidemic A meth lab can be put together just about anywhere with little financial resources–a motel bathroom, a kitchen, a small work shed in the woods or the back of a van. Consequently law enforcement’s committed efforts to stop meth production in the heartland are overwhelming and can feel as though it is a no-win situation. It seems that for every lab that is taken down there are five more starting up. As law enforcement resources become overwhelmed by the sheer number of labs that are sprouting up all over the state the public outcry for help grows louder.
These factories of death and destruction have today become one of Oklahoma’s biggest problems, and the southeast portion of the state is one of the heaviest meth production areas. We at Narconon Arrowhead have committed our lives to creating a drug-free society and understand the urgency of ridding our neighborhoods of this latest drug plague. We also realize, however, that this goal will not be achieved by rehabilitating addicts alone. That is why we have made the commitment to bring all of our resources to the table and unite with law enforcement agencies, educators and all other concerned citizens that are tired of the death, destruction and crime that are part and parcel of this problem. We know from decades of experience that through effective drug education and community awareness programs, communities can drive these negative influences out. Together we can create a safe, sane drug– and crime-free environment for our kids. This is our commitment.
March 30, 1999: Missouri’s Pettis County Sheriff, Gary Starke, pleads for more state and federal resources to combat the tidal wave of methamphetamine. “In two years we’ve closed down 31 labs” in his central Missouri county, he said. “I’ve seen the users become younger and younger and younger.”
U.S. Sen. John Ashcroft called Missouri “tragically notorious.” Ashcroft said that 421 laboratories were seized in the state in 1997 ranking second only to California.
In the last three years, five Midwestern states have experienced a phenomenal increase in the importation, distribution, and clandestine manufacturing of methamphetamine. The region’s central location, numerous interstate highway systems along with its air and rail hubs enhances its popularity as a market for Mexican methamphetamine importation and distribution organizations operating along the Southwest Border (Arizona/California). In addition Missouri, Kansas and of late Iowa are seeing an explosion in the clandestine manufacturing of methamphetamine by small entrepreneurial users/dealers, primarily utilizing the ephedrine or pseudoephedrine reduction process.
In December 1996, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Executive Office of the President of the United States, identified counties in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota as the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
The State of Georgia is charging a woman for allegedly causing the death of her baby by taking drugs while pregnant.
She faces murder charges, after one her twins died shortly after birth, which prosecutors say was directly attributed to her use of cocaine and amphetamines while pregnant.
This is believed to be the first case of its kind to be prosecuted in Georgia. The woman’s lawyer plans to get a dismissal on the murder charges on the argument that Georgia law does not allow it.
Dope Wars, a new game available for download from the Internet, enables users to buy and sell drugs in virtual reality. Dope Wars is the sixth-most popular download game on the Download.com web site.
In the game, players start with $2,000 in cash and $5,500 in debt. Players have 31 trips into neighborhoods to make as much money as they can selling marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine or any other drug. During the selling process, players come upon police officers and other obstacles.
Several politicians, including Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, condemned the game at a December hearing on violence in the media.