Drug prohibition has once again made the world more dangerous. The Associated Press recently reported that Mexican gangs are importing meth into the US by turning it into liquid and then crystallizing it once it is in the USA. Mike Prado, resident agent in charge of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigation’s Fresno office claims these conversion labs are more dangerous than meth super-labs.
The super-labs driven south to Mexico are notoriously toxic to people and the environment, but Prado said the small conversion labs in the Central Valley are more dangerous. His agents have found them in densely populated apartment buildings and foreclosed homes in quiet neighbourhoods where children play on the street.
In the conversion process, cooks evaporate off the liquid and use highly combustible chemicals such as acetone to make crystals. The fumes are trapped inside. “A spark can turn this into a fireball,” Prado said.
So, once again drug prohibition proves futile by failing to prevent drugs from circulating, but it has also increased the danger to average citizens. Regardless of whether Mike Prado is correct that these conversion labs are more dangerous than meth super-labs, it’s clearly time to end the war on drugs.
Written by Alternative Free Press
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