Meth arrests are on the rise in arizona

Even in small amounts, a methamphetamine charge in Arizona could come with gargantuan effects. Those caught with meth in the state could face a class four felony; repercussions could become more serious if an individual is in possession of the drug with intentions to distribute it. Despite these stiff penalties, reports show that meth arrests in Arizona are at an all-time high. 

According to ABC News, meth seizures in the state have skyrocketed by 72 percent in the last few years, with 9,733 pounds of the drug seized in 2016 alone. At the time of the March 2017 article, Mexican cartels had increased the flow of meth coming across the border significantly. With the primary goal of mass manufacturing, cartels have recently hidden meth in areas such as tortilla shells and cars, sometimes even smuggling the drug in the form of liquid. ABC reported that Tucson and Phoenix were the two hot spots for distribution.

Given the aforementioned news, it comes as no surprise that methamphetamine use in Arizona has also risen quickly over recent years. As KTAR News shares, meth use has now surpassed both cocaine and heroin, having become widely available, and in increasing amounts. One reason for the surge could have to do with the profit surrounding meth; Mexican cartels control both manufacturing and distribution. Although restrictions on chemicals has led to the decrease in domestic meth labs across the U.S., Mexican cartels have allowed the continuous flow of the drug into the country. While the battle against meth use marches on, KTAR concludes by noting that the supply is in no shortage, even coming into the states via shampoo bottles, toys and other unexpected items.     



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