FRESNO, CALIF. — In methamphetamine’s seedy underworld, traffickers are disguising the drug as a liquid to smuggle it into the United States from Mexico.
Dissolved in a solution, it’s sealed in tequila bottles or plastic detergent containers to fool border agents and traffic officers. Once deep in California’s Central Valley, a national distribution hub, meth cooks convert it into crystals — the most sought-after form on the street.
Tough policing has driven the highly toxic super-labs south of the border where meth is manufactured outside the sight of U.S. law enforcement, but the smaller conversion labs are popping up domestically in neighborhoods, such as one in Fresno where a house exploded two years ago. Read on.
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A 64-year-old Fresno man was jailed Saturday after police found a small meth lab in his retirement village apartment near Fresno Pacific University, police Sgt. Brian Valles reported.
The officers then searched the home in the 2000 block of South Willow Avenue in the California League retirement village. There they found more meth, heroin and a small meth lab. Officers recovered a half pound of crystal meth with a street value of $1,700.