Meth labs busts are down, as imports of the drug are rising
The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning parents to beware of the new attitude toward majiuana this school year. DEA special agent in charge in St. Louis Jim Shroba says the legalization of the drug in Colorado has had a ripple effect on youth culture.
Large amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana were allegedly shipped to St. Louis & elsewhere.
Last year, more than 16,000 pounds of unwanted prescriptions were willingly turned in to authorities, locally.
It was the second straight year of decline, but experts said it could just be a blip and it’s too early to tell if there’s a trend to explain the drop.
James Shroba of the DEA wrote to Westport Pharmaceuticals saying DEA chemists were able to make meth using Zephrex-D.
DEA program manager Scott Collier tells KMOX that when it comes to abuse among teenagers, prescription drugs rank only behind marijuana.
Adelyn and Robert Harte whose Kansas City home was unsuccessfully searched claim they were targeted, because they bought growing supplies.
The DEA seized more than $36 million in cash, arrested 91 people, and led to 5 million packets of synthetic drugs being removed from the public.
Federal officials suspect powerful narcotics are making it onto the streets of St. Louis under the cover of “pain clinics”.