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Meth use on the rise in the Metro East

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37-year-old Jackie Townsend from Edwardsville accused of being in possession of 7 pounds of crystal meth (Credit: KMOV) 37-year-old Jackie Townsend from Edwardsville accused of being in possession of 7 pounds of crystal meth (Credit: KMOV)

(KMOV.com) – Narcotics officers are alarmed by the increase in meth use and meth busts in the Metro East.

Lieutenant Derek Wise, a narcotics commander with the Illinois State Police, is calling the use of crystal meth alarming. He says there has been a surge in meth use over the last six months.

Lt. Wise says meth labs are down, but there is a rise in crystal meth. He says there are no patterns to the use and people using it range in age from 21 to 61.

“We believe the influx of crystal meth is because of the cost. It’s more of a supply and demand type of cost,” said Lt. Wise.

“Based upon our intelligence, and our investigation, we’re determining its coming from a western source. That could be from any of the source states such as Arizona or California,” said Lt. Wise.

Lt. Wise says ice, as dope dealers call it, is just $200 an ounce in states out west, like Arizona and California.

In Illinois and Missouri, Lt. Wise says crystal meth goes for way more than $1,000.

Recently, about 10 pounds of crystal meth was seized. Seven of those pounds allegedly came from 37-year-old Jackie Townsend from Edwardsville, authorities say.

The street value Townsend was carrying around is worth more than $100,000. Authorities say he is facing a slew of drug charges including meth trafficking.

Lt. Wise says his team is doubling their efforts in intelligence and investigations.

Authorities say they are finding meth dealers all across the Metro East from highway stops to active cases.  

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