Headline: Source Nation: Uphill battle against meth epidemic: Despite increasing resources, authorities say they've been unable to slow production or use of methamphetamine in the Inland area.
Credit: The Press -Enterprise Section: A Section
Zone: ALL ZONES
Byline: Aldrin Brown
Caption: 1. Night raid: Mark Zaleski; The Press -Enterprise ; A group of people at a Menifee home where police discovered a methamphetamine lab waits to be interviewed by officers. 2. Small operation: Mark Zaleski; The Press -Enterprise ; Hesperia police Officer Alan Sinclair handcuffs Glen Morgan, 38, and Mary Powers, 45, after narcotics agents found a small methamphet-amine lab and more than 3 grams of the drug in Morgan's apartment. Both pleaded guilty to drug charges. 3. Eye test: Mark Zaleski; The Press -Enterprise ; Using a flashlight and pen, Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Bruce Moore tests a man for intoxication at a Menifee home where police found a drug lab in October.
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Subject: CRIME; NARCOTICS; PREVENTION
Keys: SOURCE NATION; METH LABS; METHAMPHETAMINE
The insatiable demand for methamphetamine generates billions
of dollars a year nationwide, fueling an industry of clandestine
manufacturers undeterred by prison, poor health or the threat of
Despite state-of-the-art technology, expertly trained staff and
increasing financial resources, many law-enforcement experts
question whether even their best efforts will allow them to
suppress the meth trade.
"Definitely, there's no light at the end of the tunnel on this,"
said Lt. Al Hearn, who heads the Riverside County Sheriff's
Department's major narcotics unit, which targets large-scale