Task force: Central Ohio meth busts on the rise

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Methamphetamine seizures have gone up around Ohio in the past 5 years.

According to the Franklin County Drug Task Force, which is a part of the Ohio High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), in 2012, 14 counties that received funding from HIDTA seized 8.5 Kilos of meth. In 2015, that number jumped to more than 150 kilos. In 2017, 245 kilos of meth were seized. That holds a street value of nearly 10 million dollars.

“Quietly, what we’ve seen is drugs like methamphetamine sort of creep back into the mainstream,” said Franklin County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rick Minerd.

The question most want to know is why and how could this happened? Chief Deputy Minerd believes there are a few possibilities.

One could be addicts are fearful to overdose on opioids and another could be drug cartels.

“Drug cartels do their market analysis as well,” said Minerd.

He said drug dealers and cartels jumped on an opportunity that may have been created during the county’s push to end the opioid epidemic.

Chief Deputy Minerd added those drug dealers watched trends of addicts, then played on their addiction. 

Now Ohio has been flooded with another drug which makes it more difficult for a true addict to ignore.

“We’re doing a good job across the board in terms of awareness and educating the public about the dangers of opioid abuse, but at the same time we really need to be focusing on treating the addiction as opposed to one particular drug,” said Minerd.

He also says the state is seeing an increase in cocaine seizures.

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