Report: Meth seizures at US-Mexico border soar in 2014

Jan 5, 2015 11:11 AM by News Staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Seizures of methamphetamine soared at the US-Mexico border during fiscal year 2014.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Sunday that meth seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection's San Diego field office accounted for 63 percent of all meth seized at land, air and sea entry points nationwide.

Almost all meth used to be produced in the United States and San Diego was a production hub.

But the U.S. cracked down with laws limiting access to the synthetic ingredients, and now it's cheaper and easier to make it in Mexico.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that 90 percent of meth in United States now comes from Mexico.

Drug cartels find it cheaper to make meth than smuggle cocaine from South America.

The 2014 fiscal year ended Sept. 30.

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