Missouri might not be the first State to come to mind when considering where to take a vacation with the family, but it does have the unfortunate distinction of being tops in one category—methamphetamine abuse. So great is the concern over crystal meth addiction, that the Federal government has instituted a task force which actively tracks twenty-eight States classified as being high intensity drug trafficking areas. (HIDA) The list of states include: California, Washington State, Texas, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Ohio, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Alabama, Nebraska, W. Virginia and Kentucky.
Of the twenty-eight listed States, California and Missouri are rated number one and two respectively.The State of Missouri is the biggest surprise on the list, but records show that State local and Federal law enforcement agencies seize and destroy the largest amount of illegal methamphetamine from the mid-west state. Some have given Missouri the unofficial nickname “the meth capital of the world”.
Possession Lawyer ASAP
Regardless of the street name used possession of "meth" "speed" or "ice" ends with a criminal arrest and serious drug charges. A drug possession lawyer is needed to guide the offender through the legal process. Possessing even a tiny amount of crystal amphetamine could lead to an automatic enforcement of 3 years in jail. Fortunately most local and State enforcement agencies realize that successfully completing a drug program has greater far reaching results than does a jail term.
A first time offender usually faces a misdemeanor charge and probation dependent on the successful completion of a drug treatment program. As is the course with all drug related charges, the local municipalities and State laws determine the limits and categories for meth possession. Low level or first time offenders can usually stay within the confines of State laws.
State and Federal Possession Laws
It has been estimated that the economic cost to State and local governments handling meth addiction costs from $16.2 billion to $48.3 billion. Being addicted to meth involves more than just the physical symptoms of addiction, often crime and criminal activity follow drug use which further impacts on the expenses of local law enforcement agencies. Agitation, confusion, violence, and paranoia are often associated with the abuse of this drug. Police officers are often called to assist out of control users.
In general terms, methamphetamine possession is against the law. It is classified as a Type A drug which can trigger an automatic jail sentence, if the court so desires. Arrests can range from possession for personal use, (perhaps ¼ gram of meth or under) a misdemeanor charge, to possession with intent to sell which crosses over to Federal law violations.
In California a person arrested with under half a gram will usually receive probation. In Florida a three year minimum sentence is required for possession of half a gram.
Advice from Crozier Law About Possession Laws
Drug courts specialize in combining treatment and criminal justice. They recognize that the most effective method for breaking the cycle of drug addiction and crime is treatment and not imprisonment. The prosecutor, drug user, and the court work together to set up a treatment program that will break the cycle of addiction and restore a drug-free existence to the defendant.
The desired result is a completion of the program followed by a reduced charge or sentence, perhaps with complete dismissal of all charges in a best case scenario.
All fifty States are serious about meth addicts getting involved in a drug treatment program. Punishment is a deterrent but what is needed most is treatment that puts an end to the addict’s graving for the adrenaline rush and the long-lasting effect regular meth use provides.
Serious health issues come into play with regular use of methamphetamine. Dangers associated with overdosing are a constant threat. Personality disorders and brain damage can occur. It is important to undergo drug treatment to recover from this addiction. Agencies and organizations are eager and ready to help anyone with a meth problem.
Of course the arm of justice will come down hard on anyone charged with possession with the intent to distribute. The court also has no tolerance for anyone selling meth to juveniles. Setting up a meth lab endangers the lives and health of anyone unfortunate enough to live in close proximity of the lab, the Federal government takes a tough stand against offenders who maintain meth labs or even store any ingredients used to manufacture the drug.
Types of attorneys to be consulted are dependent upon charges faced and whether or not property is seized. Most professional searches center around the following terms.
- Forfeiture defense attorney
- Criminal defense attorney
- Drug charge defense attorney
- Meth crimes defense attorney
Attorneys will assist in Federal seizure issues and rights and need to be well aware of the penalties for Federal offenses. Stricter enforcement and automatic prison terms apply when Federal laws are broken. A life sentence can be issued for manufacturing and distributing large quantities of methamphetamine.
Assistance for the hard-core defendant will be minimal, but lawyers and the court systems want to help those who have not measured up to the destructive level of the drug supplier. While Mexican cartels have been credited with the majority of meth production, there still exists meth labs operating inside the USA which are targeted by law enforcement. As long as meth remains as addictive and inexpensive as it currently is, the need for knowledgeable drug possession attorneys will persist.
Sherri, Nevada Mo on September 01, 2018:
I moved to Nevada to get my kid away from the drug world in KC. Little did i know i moved to the number 1 small town meth cities. Worst mistake. Nowmy child is in even more trouble. I go to court each time. My child is only 19. Every single time we go to court they see all the jail prisoners first. I am shocked each time at how many kids between the ages of 16-21 are in jail.
Out of 10 people 8 are teens. There is a meth epidemic here. It is heart breaking. These young ones have no jobs, their parents are usually poor or working class. These kids stay in jail. Can't afford to bond out. Instead of going to rehab they do jail time or probation. 99% of the time the have a violation of probation because no rehab or drug intervention is received. Then they end up in prison. In the course of 2 yrs I have watched this over and over again. It is a daily struggle to help my child stay sober and out of trouble. Can't leave here because of probation. There is no such thing as a safe place to live. What is the answer? I sure don't have it.
guilty!!!! on May 25, 2012:
from the age of 18 until a while back i was a meth addict, my now 20 yr old daughter has alwayse hated my addiction, and me for being an addict. some time ago she gave birth to my grandson and her and her husband split up about 8 months after. thow she wont admit it she was devistated. now a yr later i have just found out that her and current boyfriend are using meth. Im so scared for her and my little grandson. Its truly an epidemic...
Jen's Solitude (author) from Delaware on February 16, 2012:
Hi, I wish I could offer more help but am not equipped to do much. I would suggest you Google your state and add the words "meth conviction". For example, "Delaware meth conviction" you should be able to pull up some information that will answer your questions.
Hope this is helpful.
Lulu on February 15, 2012:
I need some info p,ease help...the father of my child is a convicted felon. He was caught selling lets just say a lot of cocaine and maybe heroin about ten yrs ago, then about a year ago he was caught selling meth or ice, he was having it sent from Cali. Through the mail and the d.e.a caught him and the people involved. None of them have bn arrested yet but damn well need to be, what is going to happen to this guy? how much time will he get,when will they arrest him and start the trial??? Any info please help, btw I left him after finding his secret life out that he had and another women so don't think I am ok with this behavior that ruins lives everywhere, it ruined mine and my daughters father.
Jen's Solitude (author) from Delaware on February 10, 2012:
Wow Guy! Were you able to smell all the chemicals used to make the meth? From what I've read you can tell just by the strong smell where a lab is located.
guy on February 09, 2012:
Yea I'm in Hannibal Missouri we had 2 lab busts in 2days. One was rite next door!
Jen's Solitude (author) from Delaware on February 27, 2011:
Thanks prasetio30, glad you feel informed. :)
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 26, 2011:
Nice information, Jen's. I learn much from you about what happen outside my country. Well done, my friend. Take care!
Love and peace,
Jen's Solitude (author) from Delaware on February 25, 2011:
I believe you, I just watched an in dept recounting of the meth problem in Franklin County and it was very disturbing. Thanks for the first hand viewpoint.
WASH. MO on February 24, 2011:
You guys haven't seen meth being really bad at all until you go to franklin county and see for yourself. I've had 4 people who lived around me get busted for meth just last year and I've meet people that you wouldn't think would do meth.
Jen's Solitude (author) from Delaware on February 23, 2011:
Hi lorlie6, I know what you mean. Sections of my hometown are totally different these days. I hardly recognize the places and the problems meshed together. Thanks so much for your comment!
Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on February 23, 2011:
Beautiful job, Jen. I spent a few summers in the St.Joseph/Kansas City area and my memories do not include drugs at all, but then, I was in early puberty.
I can imagine your hub rings true, however, since the state is covered with huge land lots.
Thanks for the heads up!
Jen's Solitude (author) from Delaware on January 29, 2011:
And what is crazy is that while USA made meth has decreased because of all the new laws, production from Mexico has increased and is totally out of control as it illegally enters this country.
Connie Smith from Tampa Bay, Florida on January 29, 2011:
Have you tried to buy a box of Sudafed, BK? It is easier to buy the meth on the street corner, I would imagine. I guess it is an ingredient in the manufacture of meth and they keep it locked up behind the pharmacy. I had to answer questions on why I wanted it, tell them my symptoms and then sign a paper. I had a really bad sinus infection and I could have used another box, but I was afraid to go back and ask for another one!
BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on January 29, 2011:
Whew! Seems we will always find a way to destroy ourselves and each other. I know in NYC all the cough syrup is now under lock and key because of the ephedrine - because it was used to make meth. Turns out the cough syrup is not good for us either - but if it's advertised we buy it. Sigh!
Thanks for an informative hub. Rated up!
Jen's Solitude (author) from Delaware on January 29, 2011:
Hi Healing Touch and Connie! Thank you both for your comments. I find meth addiction horrifying and became interested in it after accepting a writing assignment about it. Since my article wasn't accepted I decided to post it here so that all that research didn't have to go to waste. Thanks again ladies!
Connie Smith from Tampa Bay, Florida on January 28, 2011:
Very informative and well written, Jen. It seems like meth has just taken over these small towns across the south. It is so sad. My niece's ex-husband (both lived in KY) got addicted to meth, starting making it and ended up in prison for a time, so I've seen first hand how this drug can destroy families. Still, I am not sure that 3 years, as in Florida, in prison for possession of a drug which one is addicted to serves any purpose other than them getting free housing and medical care for the duration and us taxpayers paying for it. A better solution would be rehabilitation, which I know would not be cheap, but the current system is just NOT working. Thanks for bringing this subject out for debate.
Laura Arne from Minnetonka, MN on January 28, 2011:
Very useful hub. I work with homeless women that have been on meth. Very dangerous.