The highest-ranking U.S. law enforcement official is laying direct blame on the Mexican cartels for the recent surge in methamphetamine. By naming specific cartels, the attorney general marks a coming evolution in Washington’s stance.
U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr:
Now, Methamphetamine is manufactured on an industrial scale by two major Mexican cartels in Mexico: Sinaloa, and CJNG. It comes across the border via a distribution network where it goes initially to multiple large cities in the U.S. fewer than 12, from there it is broken down and distributed throughout the country.
On September 10, the newly appointed Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Timothy Shea, accompanied by Attorney General Barr, announced that in a span of six months, Operation Crystal Shield conducted: 750 investigations; 1,840 arrests; the seizure of more than 28,560 pounds of methamphetamine; $43.3 million in drug proceeds; and 284 firearms.