Meth use increasing in Colorado, leading to police crackdown

Meth is getting a lot less press attention in Colorado than a certain other recreational drug. But meth use is on the rise in Colorado, and police are taking notice.

All the talk nationally about Colorado is regarding the legalization and use of recreational marijuana. But underneath all the stories about marijuana legalization, the use of another recreational drug that is still very much against the law is on the rise: methamphetamine.

According to police, meth possession arrests are up 140 percent since 2010. In Colorado Springs, police arrested over 400 people for meth possession in 2014, double the number since 2010. The police crackdown shows no signs of slowing; in fact, the amount of methamphetamine in the state has law enforcement alarmed and ready to take further action.

Meth Presence In Colorado Rising

Cartels from Mexico have been shipping high-quality methamphetamine to Colorado, after police began cracking down on local meth production several years ago. Spotting the gap in the market, Mexican cartels were quick to ship their product to Colorado and have since been able to produce mass quantities of affordable methamphetamine. As an indication of the amount being transported into the U.S., border agents seized 15,000 pounds of methamphetamine last year, a record amount. That is only a fraction of the amount of meth escaping border security.

Much of that meth is going to Colorado; state police have impounded 2,000 pounds of meth since 2009.

In addition to the sheer amount, the quality of the meth has also improved. Because of its potency and availability many Colorado residents are quickly becoming addicted. Arapahoe House, the largest treatment center in Colorado, has seen the number of meth users in its treatment center double in the past five years.

Meth Use And Criminal Charges

Methamphetamine in Colorado has a presence and potency greater than ever. Trying meth and handful of times, or even once, can begin a hard journey which can easily result in criminal charges. Methamphetamine possession is a serious charge in Colorado — but related crimes, including trafficking, theft and violent crimes, are also likely for those who are struggling with methamphetamine addiction or dependency.

Part of the reason pot became legal in Colorado was to avoid sending nonviolent marijuana users to jail. There is no such debate about methamphetamine, even if there are no other criminal charges involved in its use — possession of two grams or less of meth is a Drug Felony 4 in Colorado, punishable by up to one year in the Colorado Department of Corrections and a fine of up to $100,000.

At Anaya-McKedy, P.C., our team understands the serious charges facing those accused of drug possession in Colorado. Our skilled attorneys can help Colorado residents facing methamphetamine charges defend their rights in court and protect their constitutional rights throughout the process.

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