The 20-month investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and aided by more than 100 federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies, has so far resulted in the seizure of approximately $45.2 million, 27,229 pounds of marijuana, 9,512 pounds of cocaine, 705 pounds of methamphetamine, 227 pounds of pure methamphetamine or "ice," and 11 pounds of heroin.
The investigation has also netted $6.1 million in property and assets, as well as roughly 100 weapons and 94 vehicles. The drug ring is based in Sinaloa, Mexico.
That's a huge seizure.
Good job boys.
The Bad News:
But The Combat Meth Act restricted the number of tablets a person can buy in one day, thus resulting in some regular cold medications to now be behind the counter at your local pharmacy.
The amount one person can buy is now limited to 3.6 grams, which is 146 30-milligram tablets during a 30-day period.
It's because of that restriction that makes making meth harder here in the United States, so, Mexican drug rings have seized that opportunity.
"Mexican drug trafficking organizations have realized 'ok, there's a new need,'" Robertson said.
So, drug cartels are cooking meth in what are called 'super labs' outside of the country, then smuggling the drugs into the United States through regular smuggling routes along the southern border.
Yeah, it's still a PITA to buy some cold medicine, and it's done nothing to combat Meth making.