STATE OF ADDICTION: Crystal meth resurges

GLASS AND THE U

S ATTORNEY FOR OUR AREA SAYS IT’S AS WIDELY USED AS MARIJUANA >> IT IS THE NUMBER-ONE DRUG THREAT WE ARE SEEING ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH >> WITH METHAMPHETAMINE, YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE IT CAN BE EXTREMELY DEADLY AND , IT JUST RAVISHES LIVES EMILY: THE DEA SAYS THE CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS FLOODING OUR AREA WITH CRYSTAL METH ARE RUNNING HIGHLY-SOPHISTICATED OPERATIONS TARGETING A MARKET LOOKING FOR DRUGS

>> THE UNITED STATES HAS AN INSATIABLE APPETITE FOR DRUGS, UNFORTUNATELY IN MEXICAN ORGANIZATIONS ARE GOING TO TRY TO EXPLOIT THAT EMILY: RESIDENT AGENT IN CHARGE FOR THE LOUISVILLE DEA OFFICE, JIM SCOTT, SAYS DRUG CARTELS ARE COOKING CRYSTAL METH IN HIGH-TECH LABS IN NORTHERN MEXICO, TRAFFICKING IT ACROSS THE BORDER TO STASH HOUSES THE SHIPPING IT ACROSS THE US >> HOUSTON, ATLANTA, DETROIT, IT’S GOING INTO THOSE AREAS AND LARGE NUMBERS AND THEN IT’S BEEN BROKEN DOWN FROM THERE EMILY SCOTT SAYS WITHOUT A : DOUBT, NEARLY ALL OF THE CRYSTAL METH SEIZED IN THE COMMONWEALTH COMES FROM A MEXICAN CARTEL THEY HAVE A COMMAND-AND-CONTROL STRUCTURE THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES IT’S NOT YOUR CARTEL LEADERS, OBVIOUSLY, IN THE US

THEY STAY IN MEXICO EMILY DATA FROM THE KENTUCKY : STATE POLICE CRIME LAB SHOWS THE NUMBER OF SAMPLES TESTING POSITIVE FOR METHAMPHETAMINE MORE THAN DOUBLED BETWEEN 2015 AND 2017 IT’S THE CARTEL DISTRIBUTORS WHO ARE TURNING LOUISVILLE INTO A CRYSTAL METH HUB FOR THE REST OF THE STATE >> AS MUCH AS LOUISVILLE IS A BENEFICIARY OF BEING A LOGISTICAL HUB ON THE LICIT FRONT, WE ARE ALSO A RELIGIOUS TO CULLODEN ON THE ILLICIT FRONT, UNFORTUNATELY

EMILY US ATTORNEY RUSSELL : COLEMAN PROSECUTES SOME THE STATE’S HIGHEST-LEVEL DRUG TRAFFICKERS >> THESE ARE THE SAME CARTELS THAT DISTRIBUTED HEROIN, AND ARE DISTRIBUTING HEROIN IN THIS COMMUNITY THEY DON’T DIFFERENTIATE

EMILY THANKS TO FEDERAL FUNDING : TO FIGHT THE OPIOID CRISIS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ACROSS KENTUCKY ARE NOW WORKING TOGETHER MORE THAN EVER IT’S NOT ABOUT TURF IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT IT SAYS ON THE BADGE IT IS ABOUT PUSHING BACK AGAINST THIS THREAT EMILY COLEMAN SAYS ONE OF THE : REASONS CRYSTAL METH IS BECOMING SO COMMONLY USED IN KENTUCKY, IS ITS PRICE POINT

HE SAYS METH IS

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