Methamphetamine drug use and distribution are some of the most prevent drug crimes in San Diego. According to this news report, methamphetamine killed an estimated 174 people in this Southern California city in the year 2012.“It’s prevalent and I don’t know if people know how much it is,” said the founder of a rehab facility for teen and adult addicts.
In the 90s, San Diego became known as the meth capital of the world because of an increase in labs that emerged throughout the city. Methamphetamine drug use and problems in San Diego did not end there. Today, meth is considered to be the number 1 reason why people seek rehabilitation.
An illegal drug operation in San Diego has resulted in the arrest of 16 people. San Diego police discovered large amounts of methamphetamine at a location known as a “party house”, according to one neighbor.
The neighbor reported having seen a cluster of people frequenting the area. Prior to this raid, several other individuals were arrested. Those prior arrests led investigators to this City Heights home. All of the suspects were arrested for possession of illegal drugs, including methamphetamine.
An 8-year-old California boy was removed from his home after adults in the residence were arrested for various drug charges. Deputies found methamphetamine and arrested the 6 adults on several charges, including probably cause of using a controlled substance and a felony bench warrant. A 51-year-old woman at the resident was arrested on probable cause of willful cruelty to a child without injury or death and several drug charges. The rest of the adults were charged for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia drug charges. A San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy stated that only two suspects were in possession of meth and that the others were under the influence of the ring. Although two juveniles were found in the home, an 8-year-old and a 17-year-old, the youngest was the only one taken into custody.
COMMENTARY BY DRUG DEFENSE ATTORNEY SAM SPITAL:
“ABC 20/20 News online reported on November 20, 2012, that officers of the CHP during what now has commonly become a routine drug stop on Highway 5 in Fresno County, seized 15 bottles of tequila worth about $500,000 that were filled with 56 pounds of liquid methamphetamine (Meth). The defendants were arrested on drug charges for drug trafficking and attempting to distribute drugs across state lines.
Meth use has exploded across America. Apparently a new trend of drug cartels in Mexico in distributing the drugs throughout the United States is to disguise them in a liquid form as they are transported from one region to another. Drug lords use Highway 5 as the corridor from Mexico to the United States and Canada for transporting illegal drugs and narcotics.
The most common ingredient that is used to manufacture Meth is Pseudoephedrine, which is sold in drug stores as cold medicine. Federal law limits the purchase to seven packages per month per customer or no more than nine grams. To get around these limits, meth users recruit and often team up with unsuspecting other individuals to purchase the maximum; this is called “smurfing,” which is named after TV, movie and comic small blue fictional creatures called Smurfs. Oregon is the first state to require a prescription for cold medicine, thereby limiting the purchase of massive quantities of cough and cold medicine. The Pharmaceutical industry is seeking to establish a computer system to track these drug purchases to avoid the need for prescriptions and otherwise permit the legal use from being restricted.”
DRUG DEFENSE ATTORNEY SAM SPITAL
The continuing scourge of major crime represents a challenge for law enforcement and the judicial system that has limited resources, but the unintended consequences to those that are easily addicted to Meth often suffer life-long very complex and serious issues as well.
For defense lawyers, their role is to challenge law enforcement’s procedures and protocols that resulted in criminal charges being filed, and to advance their respective client’s rights and best interest by establishing legally sound defenses, focusing on the offense and not only defense, and to present all of the mitigating facts and circumstances. For a seasoned criminal defense lawyer who is passionate about obtaining winning solutions, this is an exciting part of the profession. For additional information and/or to obtain a free consultation, call Managing Attorney Sam Spital.