Official testimony of Rodney G. Benson; Special Agent in Charge
Stopping the Methamphetamine Epidemic: Lessons From the Pacific Northwest
Methamphetamine found in the United States originates from two general sources, controlled by two distinct groups. Most of the methamphetamine found in the United States is produced by Mexico-based and California-based Mexican traffickers.
Current drug and lab seizure data suggests that roughly two-thirds of the methamphetamine used in the United States comes from larger labs, increasingly in Mexico.
Mexican criminal organizations control most mid-level and retail methamphetamine distribution in the Pacific, Southwest, and West Central regions of the United States, as well as much of the distribution in the Great Lakes and Southeast regions.
There they go again, contributing to our economy. I find it ironic that this report was titled "lessons from the NW" and yet the 800 lbs gorilla in this testimony, Mexico, has been almost completely ignored.
The state of Oregon has had ample evidence of two very distince choices it could make:
1. Reduce methamphetamine supply, crime, the burden on health care systems, the burden on welfare systems, and the burden on school systems by stopping the practice of issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens, properly refusing to give them any type of government assistance and discontinuing the practice of participating in the "Carousel of Information."
2. Continue to make Oregon a state whose culture if friendly to illegal aliens and sacrifice our citizens to an environment where criminal behavior is rampant.
While Oregon government, and the governor in particular, have not yet made the correct choice they could do so at any time.