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Parro
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Mexico Meth.  Do you remember;

-Walter White being kidnapped to Mexico to train the cartel to make the blue "ice", pure meth.  

-How about Uncle Slayden in Oklahoma, memorailzed by Chock-taw Bingo, "James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards".  Recommended listening.  Dad of James, writer of the Lonesome Dove series and much more.  

Anyway meth.  Power, unlimited possibility to the fringe of America.  A power, given by a chemical to debate, have sex and move on without sleep.  Long shifts in the factory, long shifts with multiple jobs and no sleep, because none is needed.  This is Meth.

Now, the production is shifted to Mexico from the trailer parks and rural places.  

Source:  https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/cartel-connection-meth-americas-streets-drugs-dea

Limited, once again by Nabble, I must post in parts;

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On its own, it was an impressive haul, but in the wider picture, it was just a drop in the bucket: On Sept. 26 at a checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized 64 kilograms (142 pounds) of methamphetamine with a street value of $4.5 million. A methamphetamine seizure of this size is not surprising or unusual, especially in this location, given that criminal cartels manufacture the drug in Mexico before smuggling it into the United States. Indeed, 97 percent of the methamphetamine seized by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) occurs along the U.S.-Mexican border, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration's 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment. So what exactly is driving this record-setting production of methamphetamine? For me, two main factors are responsible: economics and cartel dynamics. Ultimately, a combination of high-quality drugs, record-low prices and the massive competition among ever-splintering cartels is flooding the hungry U.S. market with a deadly drug.

High Quality, Low Price

In 2012, law enforcement agents seized 8.460 kilograms of methamphetamine headed into the United States from Mexico; in 2017, that figure ballooned to 30,081 kilograms, a more than 250 percent increase — but just a fraction of the flow that traverses the border every year. In late August, Mexican authorities raided four drug labs in Mexico's Sinaloa state. One had allegedly been producing three tons of methamphetamine a week — meaning that over just 11 weeks, it could have equaled the total of all CBP seizures made in 2017. This from just one lab belonging to just one cartel (Mexican authorities have taken down some 20 meth labs in Sinaloa state alone in 2019). There are plenty more cartels producing many more tons of methamphetamine every month. Ultimately, nobody knows precisely how much Mexican methamphetamine makes it onto U.S. streets, but estimates place the amount intercepted at less than 10 percent.

According to the DEA's National Drug Threat Assessment, laboratory analyses of domestic methamphetamine purchases from January 2012 through March 2017 indicate the purity of the drug increased from 87.9 to 93.2 percent, while the price per gram decreased from $81 to $70. It appears as if prices will continue to decline as low-cost, high-purity meth flows into the United States from Mexico. It is no accident that U.S. authorities are raiding fewer and fewer domestic methamphetamine labs. After all, with abundant quantities of cheap, high-quality meth flowing in from Mexico, why would users bother making their own or buying lesser-quality U.S.-made drugs?

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Unsurprisingly, the abundance of the drug is costing more lives in the United States. According to figures from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10,333 people died from overdoses involving psychostimulant drugs in the United States in 2017 — a huge increase from 1,378 reported just a decade previously. Breaking the numbers down further, around 85 to 90 percent of the psychostimulant drug deaths in 2017 result from methamphetamine, according to the CDC.

With abundant quantities of cheap, high-quality meth flowing in from Mexico, why would U.S. users bother making their own or buying lesser-quality U.S.-made drugs?

Capitalizing on a Hungry Market

Like other drugs, U.S. demand is the primary factor driving Mexican cartels to produce methamphetamine. The Amezcua Contreras brothers, who ran the Sinaloa cartel-aligned Colima cartel, originally specialized in methamphetamine, and by the early 1990s, they were producing it in large quantities. The scale of Mexican cartels' methamphetamine production, however, increased dramatically in the mid-2000s after the United States succeeded in shutting down super labs in California's Central Valley and passing laws restricting access to the chemicals needed in its manufacture. Mexican criminal organizations, especially several Sinaloa cartel affiliates, recognized the opportunity and dramatically expanded their methamphetamine production to meet the continuing U.S. demand. More than that, these groups improved the quality and purity of the drug, producing variants far stronger than those made north of the border.

The Colima cartel was not the only one producing methamphetamine for the group of organizations known as the Sinaloa cartel or the Sinaloa federation. Guadalajara-based Sinaloa cartel lieutenant Ignacio "El Nacho" Coronel Villarreal became known as the "King of Crystal" due to the huge quantities of methamphetamine his organization produced. Unlike cocaine, which Mexican cartels had to purchase from South American producers, they could manufacture methamphetamine themselves from readily available, dual-use chemicals. This meant that their profit margin on a kilogram of methamphetamine was much higher than it was for a kilogram of cocaine. As a bonus, they could keep the lion's share of the profits rather than share them with South American producers and Central American middlemen.

And then there's the ease of making methamphetamine: so long as one has access to the precursor chemicals, it's possible to produce the drug anytime, anywhere. Indeed, authorities have discovered methamphetamine labs in residential neighborhoods, remote mountain hollows and modern industrial parks; there is also no growing season and no need for a particular climate or large fields of exposed plants. Producing methamphetamine is also far less labor-intensive than either heroin or cocaine, which requires people to harvest the opium gum or coca leaves.

By the 2010s, U.S. officials were conducting multiton seizures of methamphetamine, highlighting the degree to which Mexican cartels had ramped up production. This rapidly expanding trade became a game-changer for the cartels that adopted methamphetamine early, as these large new profit pools gave them a significant competitive business advantage. It's no surprise that the two largest and most powerful cartels in Mexico today, the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), became involved in the methamphetamine trade early — even as they continued to move cocaine, heroin and other drugs. Groups that had strong connections with Chinese chemical providers and who could facilitate and control the flow of such chemicals through Mexican ports, for instance, also developed an advantage over their competitors.

In the end, the methamphetamine for sale on American streets has become better, cheaper and more widely available. Wholesale buyers, such as street or motorcycle gangs, pass off some of their savings to their retail buyers while maintaining their profit margins. And given the high purity and high competition, there is little incentive to adulterate the drug in the pursuit of greater profit since users will move to other suppliers who provide better-quality drugs.  

Cartel Dynamics

But there's another factor that has resulted in more methamphetamine flowing into the United States from Mexico: cartel dynamics. The CJNG split from the Sinaloa cartel over the belief that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera was involved in the death of Coronel in July 2010 because of his jealousy over Coronel's growing power stemming from the booming methamphetamine trade. Whether the motivating factor was true or not, Coronel's followers left Sinaloa and created the CJNG. This process of fragmentation, which we've long referred to as the "Balkanization" of the Mexican cartels, has resulted in many more independent groups than there were two or three decades ago. This means that there are more independent organizations attempting to profit from the drug trade in general and methamphetamine in particular. Today, nearly every cartel organization in Mexico is either manufacturing methamphetamine or buying and smuggling the drug to sell at a profit in the United States.
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Part 3:

El Nacho, Coronel, leaves a vacuum that creates the Sinhalese vs. El Mencho. Refer to following diagram for the latest in areas of Cartel Influence in Mexico;



With such a huge supply of top-notch methamphetamine, Mexican suppliers are also looking for new markets. In June, CBP officers discovered 1,728 kilograms of Mexican methamphetamine at the Port of Long Beach concealed in a shipment of speakers destined for Australia. This set a record for the largest single seizure of methamphetamine inside the United States but was just the largest of several more that demonstrated how Mexican cartels are attempting to smuggle their product into the lucrative drug markets of Australia and New Zealand.

Looking ahead, there is no end in sight to the Balkanization of the cartels, as the Sinaloa cartel and the CJNG, for instance, will likely continue to fracture. That, ultimately, will sustain the heavy competition among Mexican methamphetamine suppliers, meaning the quality of the drug will remain as high as its prices are low. Even hopes that a restriction on the supply of precursor chemicals could halt the influx of methamphetamine are unlikely to come to fruition, as producers can always switch to alternative precursors or processes to synthesize the drug. In the end, where there is demand, there will be supply: So long as there is a vast market for methamphetamine, the drug will continue to be a fixture on U.S. streets.

(Uncle Slayden . . you are resourceful!)
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Mosco
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Parro: Good posting.... brings back many memories.

I was working in a jail psychiatric system in Arizona during the late 1980s to the early 2000s.  My duties included clinical contact with inmates in the "psych unit " and in the regular jail.  

Around 1989 we started getting cases of inmates with extreme paranoid type psychosis that had our doctors puzzled.  The psychiatrists  treated  a flood of cases like acute paranoid schizophrenia or the manic states of bipolar disorder.  

But, it was not long before inmates revealed the fact that the crazyness was due to "crystal" and that it was virtually everywhere in the state, especially in the larger towns and , of course, Tucson and Phoenix. Our psych doctors (and other  staffers) modified their work accordingly.  

Also, the psych inmates ( patients) when stabilized, admitted their amphetamine addiction and educated us about many "street" realities with "cristal".   Among, other things, we found this drug was being used by agriculural field workers who got it from the Mexican food trucks that visited farms.  

In retrospect, what we were experiencing in Arizona was a horrific meth tsunami all over America.... and that Mexican Narco-cartels were involved. .... just like your postings  are showing.
Thanks,
 I look forward to more.
Mosco
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Good read, thanks Parro
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In 1984 in Los Angeles when the Hell's Angels were making meth in the desert it was $20 for a quarter gram, $70 a gram and $1,000 a pound,that's when minimum wage in California was $3.50 an hour, so.....it's cheaper than ever to get high!What is the price now for pounds but it might be kilos so it's 2.2 pounds to a kilo?
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juris
 Seems like a horrible drug. It is odd, there is very little of it in New York. All of the other stuff is around, but we really do not get many problems with meth. Not yet, anyway.
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I dont think meth is a money maker like cocaine.  Meth makes money for cartels in mexico but your average street dealer does not want to push it.  they prefer crack because excessive use.  50 on some meth and your good for the day.  Crack you looking at alot more  So in my opinion its economics
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Parro
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Ciro - Meth doesn't start at $80/lb like cocaine in Columbia.  It's cheaper and much more popular.

Cocaine marginal high,  Meth - hard

Meth for the lower/middle class . .

Coke for the others.

Rampant in NY, for sure

Fragmented cartels, create greater competition that begets cheaper prices.  To make up the difference is extortion, kidnapping, petrol  .. . and so on. Meanwhile, meth in US is cheaper and purer than coke, and much more the power.  
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juris
Regards to New York, pockets of it in depressed upstate areas.  Very little of it downstate or Long Island where most of the population of NY actually live.
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Top States with Meth-Related Seizures
Each year, the Missouri State Highway Patrol compiles data from the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System to identify the number of meth-related seizure incidents for every state. A seizure incident includes discovered meth laboratories, chemical equipment and glassware, and dumpsites.

The states where meth-related seizures were most prevalent in 2018 were:

Michigan
New York
Indiana
Illinois
North Carolina
California
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Ohio
Florida

Source:  https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/meth-addiction/meth-capital/#gref
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I dont know about it being more popular the coke.  You dont get weekend users of meth.  You lost me at 80lb.
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Parro
Ciro, I might be wrong, but in the cultivation of cocoa in Columbus, the farmers would sell the Cocoa leaves at $80/lb, whether Farc or cartel.  Later paste, then alkaloids, then powder.  Mexicans took over from their Columbian masters, now they are embedded in the supply chain.  Ultimately, pure powder cocaine in Chicago is worth $/lb.  ??,  ask the twins.  They can tell us.  
J
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The price and profit is determined by the rate on the kilo, with a few factors like quality and transport, plus location.  Distributors don't factor in costs of production into profit calculations.   The kilos that make it to Chicago are about 85% pure, and probably go for 25-28, per.  Different if you order 30 or 50 like the Flores Twins middle level customers were.
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You still have to process it so more like 1000.  Mexican cartels never took over anything in Colombia its controlled by guerillas who have been fighting the government fo 60 years so mexicans taking over  has alway been a bullshit story.  What happened is mexican cartels deal directly with guerillas now.  
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Parro
Agree.

But before, Chothaw Bingo, pre-Sinaloa, pre-NGJC ..  American made and used; . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieOfuEnToTc

You see it?


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Meth is cheaper now than it has ever been, and dropped in price by alot in the last 5 years because Mexico has been pumping out so much of it. But it still isn't as good quality as the Walter White, which still holds its value.
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Blanco - Walter White is a fiction, of course sometimes life is stranger than fiction.

Meth, has been around for some 50 years.  You could snort, ingest and shoot it.  It gave you the energy to keep on, when it seemed hopeless.  Cheap, made in trailer parks, and potent.

You cannot base a perspective based on Breaking Bad.  it's much more complex . . ICE.

For you to know, Walter White cannot hold a candle to what is produced now.  You would need to have an Asian scientist to explain it.  Not factory workers, doing double shift, or a Netflix series.  

Meth is strong -