The giant sucking sound that robbed Ross Perot of sleep in the early '90s has finally revealed itself. Mexicans are shutting down…good ol' American meth labs. Via CBS News:
Mexican Meth Floods U.S.
…Raids [of U.S. meth labs] don't happen as frequently anymore–not since most states and the federal government put severe restrictions on the sale of over-the-counter medications containing pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine, reports CBS News Correspondent Bill Whitaker.
Drug enforcement agents report the number of meth labs in the U.S. has plummeted….
"Yes, drastically down, in fact," says John Fernandes of the Drug Enforcement Administration….
This deadly drug is now a growth industry for Mexico's deadly drug cartels. They're replacing small U.S. kitchen labs with Mexican super labs. The cartels are smuggling ephedrine from China, India and Europe and cooking up huge quantities of cheap meth–including an especially potent variety, Mexican Ice. Then the cartels smuggle it north to U.S. users….
By some estimates, as much at 80 percent of the meth on U.S. streets comes from Mexico.
More here. Thanks to Manny Klausner.