Liquid methamphetamine looked very much like Tequila that when placed in bottles, similar to what the Mexican drug cartels recently did in trying to find new ways to manufacture and smuggle drugs into the United States and elsewhere in the world, has made police facing a more difficult challenge to combat the new trend in trafficking drugs.
The California Highway Patrol only found out about the drug cartel’s new approach when they stopped a vehicle for routinary check at the ‘heavily-trafficked’ Interstate 5 in Fresno County.
The police officers noticed the driver, they later identified as Rene Diaz, 22, and his companion, Veronica Carrasco, 38, both from Oregon, were ‘acting nervously’ when asked about their cargo.
They used drug sniffing K9 to search the vehicle and discovered they were carrying liquid methamphetamine disguised in liquor bottles with an estimated worth amounting to half a million dollars.
‘Liquid meth,’ as it is now called, is methamphetamine dissolved in water and placed in all kinds of different containers to avoid detection at points of entry in the US.
Capt. Gary Foster, of the Story County Sheriff's Department, said the liquid could be applied on paper and sent through the mail to be ingested later or smoked by the receiving user.
Foster said "conversations that we've had with some of our other contacts across the state, they're not aware of anything like this. We've contacted other states and other states aren't aware of it either…drugs are always changing and people are always finding something newer and better."
The Alabama Department of Forensic Science was conducting a research to find out more about how ‘liquid meth’ was being made. Their findings indicated that ingredients were available to be purchased at local grocery and pharmaceutical stores.
The use of the substance has reportedly become extremely popular in Europe and US Law Enforcement officers said it was also spreading in some parts of the country being ‘much better’ than any forms of methamphetamine the users have ever tasted.
Health departments in several countries have warned about the effects of the substance which included irreparable damage to major organs of the body like kidneys, liver and the lungs. It could also cause paranoia, panic, temperamental behavior and suicidal tendencies.