HomeNewsBrief'National Methamphetamine Threat Assessment 2010,' U.S. Department of Justice
BRIEF

'National Methamphetamine Threat Assessment 2010,' U.S. Department of Justice

METHAMPHETAMINE / 22 NOV 2010 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

In June The New York Times obtained a leaked U.S. government report on methamphetamine production as well as patterns of its use and price in the United States, that the U.S. government refrained from releasing because, according to the Times, it was trying to “minimize diplomatic turbulence” with Mexico. The report says that meth has its “highest purity” and “lowest price” in five years.

More than an indictment of the Mexican government, the report appears to be a testament to the resilience and adaptability of the Mexican drug cartels that have diversified their suppliers of precursors, their methods of importing it, and found new precursors, in particular phenylacetic acid, to substitute for the old. In response to increasing supply of crystal meth in the U.S., Mexican legislators, along with Guatemalan, Salvadoran and Honduran authorities, have enacted laws to limit pseudoephedrine and ephedrine imports. According to the report, these efforts appear to have slowed the imports but also increased the use of new precursors, which accounts for the increased production of meth in Mexico.

"National Methamphetamine Threat Assessment 2010," U.S. Department of Justice. (pdf)

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

EL CHAPO / 31 OCT 2018

The upcoming trial of Sinaloa Cartel boss El Chapo in the United States is being hailed as a major win…

MEXICO / 31 AUG 2012

Analyst Alejandro Hope cautions that until better statistics are available, the recent wave of brutal attacks across Mexico shouldn't be…

MEXICO / 18 SEP 2019

A new report tackling public displays of brutality by Mexico's criminal groups has found that media coverage of these acts…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Criminal Enterprise on the High Seas

12 AUG 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the second half of an extensive investigation into Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing that plagues the waters of nine Latin American countries. Among the stories were how…

THE ORGANIZATION

Oceans Pillaged in Central America and the Caribbean

5 AUG 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the first installment of a nine-part investigation uncovering the hidden depths of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Latin America. The first installment covered Central America and…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Becomes Truly Transnational

29 JUL 2022

This week, InSight Crime published a deep dive into the total control that Venezuelan mega-gang, Tren de Aragua, has over the lives of those it smuggles between Venezuela and Chile…

THE ORGANIZATION

Turkish Traffickers Delivering Latin American Cocaine to Persian Gulf

15 JUL 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the second half of an investigation piecing together the emerging role of Turkish cocaine traffickers in supplying Russia and the Persian Gulf, which are among…

THE ORGANIZATION

Turkey as a Lynchpin in European Cocaine Pipeline

8 JUL 2022

InSight Crime is extending its investigation into the cocaine pipeline to Europe, and tracking the growing connections between Latin American drug traffickers and European criminal organizations. This led us to…