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While most of the meth in the United States comes from the super labs - those that can produce more than 10 pounds of meth in 24 hours - in Mexico or California, smaller labs are still active and problematic. Recipes for cooking meth can be found on the Internet and making meth is said to be as easy as making chocolate chip cookies. The main ingredient is pseudoephedrine or ephedrine found in over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines. Ingredients used in meth production are shown in Table 1. Equipment frequently used in the production of meth is shown in Table 2.
Cooking labs are becoming more prevalent in rural areas. The pronounced unpleasant odors associated with meth production have caused cookers to use less-populated areas, including national parks and other federal lands, to avoid detection. A simpler, less expensive and faster method of making meth is increasing in popularity. The smaller batch known as the one pot, shake and bake, or 2L bottle method uses a 2-liter plastic bottle. Cold medicine and noxious chemicals are added to the bottle and shaken.
No flame is needed. Even under the most stringent laws, enough cold medicine can easily be obtained to make a batch of meth. There is less need for big labs as the ingredients can fit in a backpack. Even small mistakes in the process, such as removing the cap too soon or allowing water into the mix, can cause an explosion. Since this method is easier and portable many more labs are using this method. The ease of portability in these labs turning up in more populated areas and, therefore, they may be more visible to law enforcement than labs in remote areas.
This visibility is resulting in an increase in meth lab seizures and arrests after a period of decline. Mexico remains the primary supplier of meth to the US. Dismantling the La Familia cartel, once the top meth producer, was thought to reduce the meth pipeline. It seems, however, that a rival cartel, Sinaloa, has taken over industrial size meth production. Seizure of almost tons of precursor chemicals, all attributed to Sinaloa, indicate a continued increase in Mexican meth production. Customs and Border Patrol.
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