For NBC's In Depth report, Mark Potter told us about the unintended consequence of the successful ban on over-the-counter sales of the ingredients for homemade methamphetamine production. Laboratories have gone abroad and are producing a more addictive brand--nicknamed Ice--in industrial-strength facilities. China is exporting ingredients in bulk to illicit manufacturing plants in Mexico. Mexican labs, in turn, are distributing Ice through channels in Atlanta, Houston, El Paso, Phoenix and San Diego.
Unfortunately Potter was unable to provide much first hand reporting on this story. He did not describe the difference in the high offered by Ice as it damages brain cells. He did not travel to Guadalajara to investigate those mass production labs. And much of the videotape of domestic meth distribution across the southern tier of states was not shot by NBC--it was provided by the public relations department of the Drug Enforcement Agency.
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