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Crystal Meth From Mexico in Panhandle

5.3.15 – Fred Connors, The Intelligencer & Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING – Consider this: over the past 12 months, the illicit drug of choice in the Northern Panhandle has gone from prescription pain pills to heroin and now … to crystal meth.

Meth that’s being manufactured in Mexico is increasingly making its way into the Upper Ohio Valley, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said. He attributes the upward trend in crystal meth to a heightened supply and demand environment nurtured by an influx of out-of-state workers.

“There has been an explosion of crystal meth in Brooke and Hancock counties,” he said. “Generally, there appears to be a demand from people who come to West Virginia to work.”

He said one of the short-term effects of meth is decreased fatigue and increased activity and wakefulness.

“It leads to more physical activity and they are able to work longer hours than workers who are not using it,” he said.

Ihlenfeld said Mexican crystal meth is being mass produced in factory-like settings.

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