Data and interviews from an investigation by The Associated Press found growing numbers of meth lab seizures in cities such as St. Louis.
Key is a new type of pseudoephedrine from which cannot be extracted.
Several pharmacies in the St. Louis area are now selling the first-ever pseudoephedrine-based decongestant that apparently cannot be used to make methamphetamine.
They’re making meth in “superlabs” and using already established marijuana and cocaine pipelines to ship it into the region.
Mexican drug cartels are quietly filling the void in the nation’s drug market created by the long effort to crack down on American-made methamphetamine, flooding U.S. cities with exceptionally cheap, extraordinarily potent meth from factory-like “superlabs.”
Meth incidents rising in St. Charles Co. despite pseudoephedrine ban.
Alderwoman Jennifer Florida says the problem is that surrouding towns have tough restrictions on pseudoephedrine sales, but the city doesn’t.
Given permission to search the vehicle, a K-9 unit found 3.6 pounds of methamphetamine. The meth has an estimated street value of $330,000.
Police looking for James Hollins of Madison Illinois and Deliah Shepherd of Granite City
Officers say the man told police he’d taken the shorts off because they were too big and wouldn’t stay on.