NBC right now is taking a closer look at a drug trend that local police departments are cracking down on. (photos courtesy of Quad Cities Drug Task Force)
NBCRightNow.com - NBC right now is taking a closer look at a drug trend that local police departments are cracking down on.
Several local men have recently been sentenced for carrying "pure meth". What is the difference between "pure" meth and street meth? According to officers from the Tri-Cities Metro Drug Task Force it is all about the strength. Samples of pure meth are several times stronger than what could be found on the streets.
Thursday, Alfredo Ahumada of Kennewick was sentenced in federal court to 100 months in prison after pleading guilty to distributing the pure drug. It all started with a sting operation from the local drug task force. They bought samples of the drug on the street and followed the trail to distributors. The task force says the pure meth is usually cut multiple times with white powers like baking powder before it hits the illegal market
"Pure meth is exactly how it comes when it's manufactured; 100% purity or really close to 100% purity. The Mexican cartels make it and ship it across the border to the United States. It is a safety issue. We don't want our kids exposed to this," explained Commander Trevor White from the Tri-Cities Metro Drug Task Force.
Local officers say these dealers are a big contributor to drug issues in our area and any time they can put some of them behind bars is another step to making the community a safer place.