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Meth Smuggling Increasing in the Panhandle

Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson says the biggest problem in our area is meth. But they aren't finding as many labs these days. Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson says the biggest problem in our area is meth. But they aren't finding as many labs these days.

Drug smugglers have their eye on the Panhandle.

It is a problem the entire Randall County Narcotics Team is working to combat.  The increased smuggling of meth into our area and the sale of it once it is here.

Law enforcement tells us their Narcotics Team's main goal is to shut down the meth supply from Mexico.

Why is it being brought here in the first place? Well, there are a few reasons.

The Randall County Sheriff says the biggest problem in our area is meth. But they aren't finding as many labs these days.

And reasons for that are law enforcement made a huge push to shut down meth labs. Also, making Pseudoephedrine available only behind the counter. Another, the department of homeland security worked with local authorities to make sure children of meth addicts and dealers are taken away.

So, there's been a decline in meth labs. But there still are plenty of negatives. One, it has opened up a market for meth to come from Mexico.  And as a result of that, meth dealers are now more often part of an organized group rather than selling individually.

And while the method of getting meth may be changing, law enforcement says the results are still the same...theft, burglary, even homicide.

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