Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area: Threat Assessment 2006   [open pdf - 1MB]

"Methamphetamine continues to be the primary illicit drug threat to the state of Washington. The occurrence of use and addiction is currently widespread and, combined with the overwhelming availability of high purity, low cost methamphetamine, there is cause for serious concern. The production, distribution, and abuse of methamphetamine is commonly associated with other crimes such as identity theft, child abuse, and neglect. Methamphetamine production poses a continuing problem as the number of clandestine laboratories seized by law enforcement officials remains to be one of the highest in the nation, although the number of reported incidents has continued to decrease. The reduction in reported methamphetamine laboratory seizures may be an indication that the amount of methamphetamine produced in the state has decreased due in part to increased law enforcement, legislative and public awareness efforts. However, there are indications that the levels of availability, abuse, and demand have not decreased. There is evidence that there is an increase in the importation of methamphetamine from other states and a shift of local methamphetamine production to areas in the state with limited resources to combat this threat. Stolen and diverted precursors continue to be a problem in the state. While the movement of pseudoephedrine from Canada to the United States has appeared to decrease, ephedrine smuggling from Canada has increased. There have also been indications that increased quantities of pseudoephedrine are now being smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border. The increase of methamphetamine production in Canada also creates the potential for a new source of supply of methamphetamine. Recent intelligence indicates that the transportation of methamphetamine from Canada is likely to become an increasing threat."

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