U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers in Arizona are trying to stop methamphetamine from flooding into local communities from Mexico. In fact, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the Mexican drug cartels control 90 percent of the meth market in America.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave KGUN9 rare access into their daily battle at the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales.
“They’re very creative. It’s a chess game. You have to be thinking ahead to try to figure out where are they going next,” said CBP Port Director, Guadalupe Ramirez.
For years, meth making was popular in the US, but with tighter restrictions on buying pseudoephedrine in the US, the main ingredient in cold medicine, means it’s now coming from Mexico. The Mexican cartels are meeting the demands.
“Right now they control probably 90 percent of the meth market in the US,” said Richard Fahey, Deputy Special Agent in Charge with the Department of Homeland Security.
CBP officers say smugglers will stop at nothing to conceal the meth. They will put it in all sorts of compartments, like tires, fire walls, seats, sealing floors, gas tanks and even transmissions.