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California meth dealer escapes with 60 pounds of sheriff's drugs, makes simple getaway

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A drug dealer in California made an easy getaway with 60 pounds of methamphetamine belonging to a sheriff's office after a failed sting, according to Fox News.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Office in California lost 60 pounds of the highly controlled substance after undercover investigators met a suspect around 4:00 p.m. during the week of April 17, 2023. Authorities were attempting to identify the drug trafficker at the time.

The sting fell apart when the suspect sped away from officers after the transaction, along with the drugs, which were valued at between $150,000 and $210,000.

The sheriff's office's explanation was simply that the driver drove away and they were unable to catch him.

"The suspect failed to yield, and a pursuit was initiated. Due to the high speeds and suspect’s disregard for public safety, deputies lost sight of the vehicle," the sheriff's office said.

It is still not clear whether the investigators discovered the identity of the drug dealer.

According to United States Customs and Border Protection, methamphetamine has been the single most trafficked drug into the United States through the southwest border in recent years. Over 75,000 pounds of the drug were seized in the first six months of fiscal year 2023.

Based on previous months, drug seizures (by weight) at the southwest land border are set to decrease for the fourth straight year, dropping by approximately 50% in the last three cycles. Since the 1.1 million pounds of drug seized in 2020, that number has dropped steadily to 913,000 in 2021, 656,000 in 2022, and an estimated 528,000 for the totality of 2023.

Marijuana, khat, and methamphetamine have continued to be the most seized drugs by far, with cocaine being the distant fourth-most confiscated narcotic.

Recently, approximately two dozen shelters were set ablaze near the Texas-Mexico border on the outskirts of a larger encampment containing about 2,000 people. Migrants were reportedly upset with the CBP border app, which is meant to be used to set up appointment times for people to turn up at the border to make asylum claims.

The migrants living in the encampment were mostly from Venezuela, Haiti, and Mexico.

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