How the DEA is cracking down on resurgence of meth


Opioids aren't the only drugs causing major problems in our area. ​Methamphetamines are making a big come-back.

The number of arrests for methamphetamines has grown 5 times in the Southern District of Ohio just since 2014.

“There is no shortage of work,” said Mauricio Jimenez, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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On Sunday, there were 5 opioid overdose deaths in Franklin County.

“This area was once hit hard with fentanyl and opioids, and now it's starting to move towards meth. There's a certain element of violence,” Jimenez explained.

Opioids aren't Mauricio Jimenez's biggest concern.

“We've seen a switch from people who were addicted to heroin or fentanyl to methamphetamine because meth they know won't kill them like fentanyl would,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez explained methamphetamines are now rampant in southern and central Ohio.

“Now we are seeing street-level distributors with ounces of meth in their pockets because it is readily available and cheap,” Jimenez said.

DEA arrests for methamphetamines in our area have jumped from 17 in 2015 to 86 in 2019.

“The quality of meth today is completely different than what we saw 20 years ago. It's about as pure as pure gets,” Jimenez explained.

Jimenez says most of it is coming from the southwest and Mexico. He adds, the DEA is teaming up with local departments to nab as much of the drugs as they can before it hits the streets in our area.

“I don't think we are ever going to see the days where this is completely done,” Jimenez said.