For NBC Left Field: 


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. 

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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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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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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