Crystal methamphetamine, commonly referred to in Los Angeles as crystal meth or simply meth, is a powerful, manmade illicit drug that falls under the same class as cocaine. It also has other street nicknames, such as chalk, crank, speed, glass, blue ice or ice, and is typically snorted up the nose, smoked using a glass pipe or injected into a vein using a needle.
Meth addicts become addicted very quickly, because the euphoria is extremely intense, and kicks in almost immediately. This drug takes over the addict’s life, becoming the person’s one and only priority. Very few meth users can continue functioning lifestyles, and end up losing relationships, children, jobs, homes and so much more.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), drug cartels in New Mexico are the largest suppliers of meth in Southern California. Back in the 1990s, the rise of the “super labs” of the Inland Empire created by Mexican drug cartels gained them a strong foothold in the Los Angeles region. Each super lab was said to produce up to 50 pounds of crystal at one time.