Policing the Meth Problem

Policing the meth problem is an essential part of our program to remove the immediate threat of methamphetamines in the community. 
From person to person, the meth issue can be solved through mediation and rehabilitation.  Treatment and education can stop one meth user at a time, but to stop the spread of Meth on the whole, we need to have the police step in.  Police officers can, literally, take most of the methamphetamine off our streets.  By use of investigations, arrests, and convictions, meth dealers can be caught and brought to justice.  By removing the meth from our streets, affected users can be taken to treatment or rehabilitation centers and the community can fight to keep this horrible drug out.
Despite regulations and punishment from the justice system, Meth continues to spread and leave a path of destruction in its wake.  Meth punishments, historically, have increased from simple fines to jail time.  These regulations and punishments have been exponentially increasing in severity, yet meth users continue not to be discouraged enough to stop.  Treatment programs can be found in almost every prison, but police officials continue seeing repeat offenders and programs that are simply not working.
Meth cookers and dealers are spreading their poison around Indian country, especially on the Yurok Reservation.  Our officers have been trained to recognize possible meth cooking locations, the proper ways to deal with known or suspected meth users, and other tactical strategies for removing meth from our community.  We have assisted in their normal police work by implementing newer police technologies such as weaponry, global positioning and communication gear, and surveillance equipment.

Here are some links to our policing agencies that are helping to fight methamphetamine on a local level:

Yurok Tribal Police, Del Norte CountySheriff’s Office, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office

Meth has spread worldwide due to the ease of manufacturing and amount of demand.  Currently in the United States, very little meth is manufactured domestically.  Most of the nation’s methamphetamine is made in Mexico and illegally transported across the border.  The Mexican cartel drug runners have infiltrated numerous areas around the nation, most commonly Indian country due to its remote characteristics and lack of enforcement.

Here are some other websites of agencies who fight meth on a state wide and national level:

California Highway Patrol

National Indian Justice Center

National Native American Law Enforcement Association

US Border Patrol

Beyond the police department, communities and tribes can help to police meth in their own ways.  Some tribes have enacted enrollment penalties for convicted drug users, or in the case of sex offenders, made their home location public knowledge.  By separating and alienating drug manufacturers and users, drug use and sale can be further discouraged beyond the point that the law can offer.