The Meth Threat

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 24, 2008 at 6:49 PM EDT

Once in large supply, Meth is no longer a main drug on the streets.

But there's concern it could make a comeback.

Action News Reporter Jessica Light tells us the threat comes from a new supply line.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says meth production in Canada is on the rise and being trafficked into Upstate New York.

"If there is a will there is a way to stop the meth from coming in. It would be a darn shame given all the progress we've made against methamphetamine to now let that go by the boards because its coming in from Canada." says Schumer.

Over the last 9 years, 123 meth labs were busted in the Southern Tier.

But in 2008, zero in Broome County.

Matthew Cower is an undercover detective for the Broome County Sheriff's office.

"I've purchased marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroine, steroids, pain killers just about every other drug. Personally I've never purchased meth here in Broome County." says Cower.

But Schumer says that's because the meth is no longer being made here.

He's pushing Canada to tighten border security and limit access to meth ingredients.

"We have greatly limited in the country and in upstate New York the products that can be used for crystal meth. If Canada would do the same thing it would not be easy to make it in Canada." says Schumer.

Cower says if the drug is being smuggled into the Southern Tier, that could make it very difficult to combat local meth use.

"It's a lot easier to recognize where there's a meth lab actually operating in Broome County or right here in our area because a lot of times if it's coming out of Canada it's harder to find those players and know who they are." says Cower.

But Cower says meth is no longer the most abundant drug in Broome County.

Crack cocaine is now the biggest problem.

In the Town of Dickinson, Jessica Light, WBNG-TV Action News.

Senator Schumer hopes to strengthen the law that requires pharmacies to keep track of the sale of meth ingredients like cold medicines.

He wants uniform log books with information stored electronically to help law enforcement track potential meth makers.

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