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Officials across Oklahoma say they are seizing crystal meth in greater quantities than ever before. Although police in Oklahoma have all but stamped out meth production in the state by restricting access to the ingredients used to make meth, they say they are now seizing cheaper and purer meth that's mostly coming from south of the border in Mexico. 


Spotting an opening in a drug market with a rich customer base, Mexican drug cartels began flooding Oklahoma and other parts of the Midwest with their variation of methamphetamine—ice, or crystal. In 2016, Tulsa police seized about 80 pounds of meth, and almost triple that amount was seized in 2018. 


With the country’s attention focused almost solely on the opioid crisis, methamphetamine use is on the rise in many states despite implementing the same efforts as Oklahoma to restrict access to the ingredients used to make the drug. 

Officers from the Tulsa Police Special Investigation's Unit serve a warrant on a suspected meth dealer. 

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Officers make multiple arrests at the house of a suspected Meth dealer where pounds of the drugs were discovered concealed within the walls of the home. 

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A woman is detained and led away from the scene of a warrant while Special Investigators begin to perform a search of the residence. 

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Crystal ice, or meth likely originating from Mexico, is seized after a search warrant in Tulsa led to multiple arrests and seizures of multiple pounds of drugs and multiple firearms. 

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Ice, or meth originating from Mexico, is now cheaper than marijuana in Tulsa after cartels flooded the Midwest following the regulation by states of ingredients used to make the drug locally. 

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Oklahoma's rural geography makes the state an attractive market for meth manufacturers as the cost and risk of shipping other drugs such as cocaine or heroin is much higher than meth, whose ingredients are readily available at most hardware stores or pharmacies. 

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Tulsa Special Investigations Division officers make multiple arrests on a suspected meth dealer's home. The man in green was later deemed by officers to be an unwitting plumber doing work on the home where the search warrant was served and was later released without charge. 

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Tulsa P.D. takes into custody the owner of a home where multiple pounds of meth were found, as well as heroin and multiple firearms - one of which was in his waistband when he tried to flee once officers approached the home. 

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A shotgun rests outside the door of a home where a search warrant was served.

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The living room of a suspected meth dealer after officers served a search warrant and begun conducting their house check for drugs. 

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Officers uncover multiple pounds of crystal meth hidden in a backpack underneath the bed of a suspected meth dealer. 

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A revolver lays atop an evidence bag alongside black tar heroin bagged for resale at the headquarters of the Tulsa Special Investigations Division. 

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Evidence from a search warrant waits to be catalogued by Tulsa Special Investigations Division officers. 

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Officers weigh seized meth from a recent search warrant. 

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