Ginormous Mexican meth gangs invade America: mom-and-pop meth gangs hardest hit

posted at 10:36 pm on August 31, 2006 by Bryan

Ah yes, tell me again how we’re not paying a price for not protecting our borders. Not at all.

Last week, federal officials announced the seizure of 174 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, calling it of the largest ever on the East Coast.

But that’s old news. On Wednesday, the feds announced a bust that doubled that.

In the latest case, law enforcement agents seized 341 pounds of the highly addictive crystal meth — or ice — in a Gainesville home. They said it is further evidence of the growing impact of Mexican drug organizations in the area. It was the sixth largest amount ever seized in this country, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Two men were arrested, and two others are wanted. All are illegal immigrants.

How do they know that? Aren’t police in dozens of jurisdictions forbidden from asking about anyone’s immigration status?

Anyway, when it comes to the ruthless economic efficiency of these meth labs, apparently it’s a lot like lettuce picking. It’s all about the cheap labor.

Nahmias would not comment on the origin of the latest seizure, which had no connection to last week’s bust, but said most methamphetamine sold in the United States now is cooked in clandestine labs in Mexico, then smuggled into the United States and distributed to other areas.

He said the Mexican drug organizations, by the sheer volume of their product and their increasingly efficient distribution rings, have pushed the “mom and pop” operations out of business. “They realize meth is a booming business,” he said. “They are taking over this business.”

There are “mom and pop” meth labs? Why are they being driven out of business by Mexican meth labs? Do the “mom and pop” labs overpay on their health benefits or what? Are they fat with administrators? Are easy divorces in our litigious society splitting too many of them? Why are the Mexican meth labs so much more competitive than our good old American mom and pop meth labs? Have we completely lost our competitive edge?

Wake up America! We’re losing our indigenous illicit drug culture, people!

On a more serious note, if meth gangs can set up efficient distribution networks right across our Mexican border that are so good they drive the American mom and pop meth labs out of business, that means others with even less savory intentions can set up other kinds of networks right across that border, too. I wonder why the Bush administration never makes that connection.

(h/t Ali Bubba)


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Maryland will soon pass a law forcing these “Big Box” meth producers to pay higher health insurance premiums for their smugglers. That will force them to unionize. They can call themselves the Affiliation of Illegal Drug Smugglers. We will then be forced to spend more money fighting A.I.D.S

Buenos Noches

BlueStateBlues on August 31, 2006 at 10:54 PM

Of course there are mom and pop meth labs. That’s why I have to submit to a body cavity search to buy my son a bottle of Pediacare.

mikeyboss on August 31, 2006 at 11:31 PM

It’s all about the cheap labor.

I wonder if it isn’t about supply as well. Does Mexico restrict OTC psudeophedrine drugs?

Pablo on August 31, 2006 at 11:54 PM

That’s a great question, Pablo. If they don’t, there are probably some Americans crossing the border to buy it as well.

mikeyboss on September 1, 2006 at 12:01 AM

Doing the jobs that Americans don’t want to do.

What a crock of [Bush word].

DannoJyd on September 1, 2006 at 12:09 AM

What? You mean they aren’t buying Sudafed and turning those tiny little pills into kilos of Meth Crystals?

You know… Sudafed. That used to cost $1.99 per 24 pack and now takes a prescription and costs $17.89 per 10 pack.

But lets nationalize healthcare because obviously the people in government can do a better job allocating then the free market.

DANEgerus on September 1, 2006 at 12:53 AM

Hey, easy now. Think of the benefit our country is getting from all the taxes these meth labs are paying on their profits. The economy depends on them!

Gregor on September 1, 2006 at 1:03 AM

Agree with you Pablo. I suspect the mom & pop labs are finding it much harder to produce. And the more “successful” the Sudafed restrictions are in curbing the production of meth here in the U.S., the more certain it is that Mexicans will take over the meth trade. Restriction of the legal supply here AND lax border enforcement means that Uncle Sam is basically funneling the business to Mexico.

If we were really serious about reducing the supply, then we’d be talking about border enforcement then, wouldn’t we…

RD on September 1, 2006 at 7:14 AM

… and that doesn’t seem to be in the cards (for the next hand or two at least)

RD on September 1, 2006 at 7:15 AM

This happened in Georgia and the newspaper had the headline about the big meth bust. The ONLINE headline by the SAME newspaper said “MEXICAN”..no mention of it being illegal Mexicans in the newspaper headline.

labwrs on September 1, 2006 at 11:44 AM

Wake up America! We’re losing our indigenous illicit drug culture, people!

I realize this is intended in jest, but as a Florida resident, I have to say that outsourcing of meth labs is definitely a good thing. The danger with meth labs in a community isn’t that people will use the drug… addicts will be addicts, and consumers will always find a way to get the products they want. The danger is that the labs will blow up and start fires that’ll burn down a city block. If they want to set up the labs in Mexico and bring the product here… go ahead.

Meth labs are dangerous: one of the few illicit drug businesses that is dangerous in and of itself, not just because of a government-created black market crime effect.

Mark Jaquith on September 1, 2006 at 11:55 AM

Luckily, in my town, we have a free paper called the New Times that published an article called “Meth Made Easy.”

It’s been really helpful to the mom and pop meth labs in this county.

The liberal media-always helping out the little guy!

NTWR on September 1, 2006 at 4:55 PM

And Mark, around here, the ginormous mexican meth labs are funded by growing weed in our forests and BLM lands. The illegals hide out there with AK-47s and shoot at hikers, set booby traps, and generally don’t give a crap about what they do to keep their cash crop under wraps.

I do agree it’s still less dangerous than the blowing-up-house-meth-labs you find in Oakland or LA.

NTWR on September 1, 2006 at 4:58 PM

Yes, but that isn’t a threat related to marijuana… it’s a threat related to the government making a desired good (“good” as in product, I’m not making a moral judgment) illegal.

My point being that even in a society where the government doesn’t tell you which drugs are “good” and which are “bad,” meth labs are dangerous. Inherently.

Mark Jaquith on September 2, 2006 at 3:53 AM

I live and work on the Texas-Mexico border. I’m sure you have heard what the Border Sheriffs Association has said. If not, I’ll tell you a few things. We are under attack. Those of us that work attempting to stem the flow of illegal aliens and drugs are outnumbered and out-gunned. I drive 37 miles each way to work, It is standard practice to drive with your service weapon on the seat next to you. Thye know what we drive and where we live. It is not uncommon to be followed and harrassed on the road. I have had objects thrown from passing vehicles at my car breaking the windshield twice now. The smugglers have a great way to make sure they pass their “products” across the river. They lure as much law enforcement as possible to one area, then cross tons of dope, and probably hundreds of aliens, across the river. We need help. We need our military, fully armed and with liberal “Rules of Engagement”, to patrol the border with us. Mexico has their military on the border. They assist the smugglers. Why can we not have our military patrol our border and stop this invasion? Please, HELP US!!

immigration inspectr on September 2, 2006 at 11:42 AM