“Operation Crystal Shield” ends with 1800 arrests, 43 mil USD and 28,500 pounds of meth

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Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Operation Crystal Shield, the 18
month DEA led operation resulted in:
180 Arrests
28,500 meth
43 Million USD
9 U.S. Major Hubs: Los Angeles,
Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, El Paso, New Orleans, San Diego, Phoenix, St Louis
Meth Overdoses:
2018: 12000
2019: 16000
This operation amounted to 75% of total meth seized by DEA in 2019
DEA-DOJ Press Release:
Today, Attorney General William
P. Barr and Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Timothy J.
Shea announced the results of Operation Crystal Shield, a DEA–led effort
targeting the command and control elements of Mexican cartels that operate
major methamphetamine “transportation hubs” throughout the United States.

At a press conference in Phoenix,
Arizona, Attorney General Barr and Acting Administrator Shea announced that in
the first six months, Operation Crystal Shield generated more than 750
investigations, resulting in nearly 1,840 arrests and the seizures of more than
28,560 pounds of methamphetamine, $43.3 million in drug proceeds, and 284
firearms.
“Methamphetamine is a brutal drug
linked to violent crime and responsible for far too many fatal overdoses,” said
Attorney General Barr. “The astounding results of Operation Crystal Shield
clearly demonstrate the commitment by the DEA and our state and local partners
to prevent this deadly drug from reaching the streets of our communities.
Prosecuting individuals who traffic these poisons remains a top priority for
President Trump and the entire Department of Justice.”
“In the months leading up to the
launch of Operation Crystal Shield, communities across the United States
experienced a surge of methamphetamine,” said Acting Administrator Shea. “The
COVID pandemic locked down many communities and impacted legitimate businesses,
but the drug trade continued. Under difficult conditions, DEA – along with our
federal, state, and local partners – never stopped working as we helped stem
the flow of methamphetamine onto our streets, even as violent drug traffickers
sought new ways to smuggle it into the United States.  The success of Operation Crystal Shield
reflects the devotion of DEA and our partners to protect our communities from
the scourge of drug trafficking and violent crime under any circumstances.”

DEA launched Operation Crystal
Shield on February 20, 2020, after identifying nine major methamphetamine
trafficking hubs: 
Atlanta, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans,
Phoenix, San Diego, and St. Louis.  
Together these nine cities accounted for more than 75 percent of the
methamphetamine seized by DEA in 2019. 
Under this operation, DEA directed enforcement resources to these cities
where methamphetamine is often trafficked in bulk and then distributed across
the country, and partnered with other federal, state, and local law enforcement
to interdict these shipments and target the transportation networks behind
them. 
Operation Crystal Shield
leveraged existing DEA initiatives that target major drug trafficking networks,
including the Mexican cartels responsible for virtually all of methamphetamine
trafficked into and within the United States. 
From FY 2017 to FY 2019, DEA domestic seizures of methamphetamine
increased 127 percent from 49,507 pounds to 112,146 pounds.  During the same timeframe, the number of DEA
arrests related to methamphetamine increased by nearly 20 percent.

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