Meth Center News
February/March 2011: U.S. - Mexico border
Directors of the National Meth Center recently joined other partners in a tour of the U.S. - Mexico border to further understand how the border and tribal areas have an impact on methamphetamine smuggling, interdiction efforts, and distribution patterns.
The fact-finding mission was put together by Strategic Applications International and the National Meth Center. Also attending were members of the Rural Law Enforcement Methamphetamine Initiative and attended by ADAPTE International.
The mission was in conjunction with a conference under way in Nogales. In addition to the tour, attendees received intelligence briefings regarding drug smuggling practices and human trafficking conditions from several notable agencies including the Tucson DEA Office, Customs Border Protection Border Patrol, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and the Tohono O'Odham Indian Reservation Police Department.
National Meth Center Co-directors Terree Schmidt-Whelan and Priscilla Lisicich, Northeast Regional Director Aimee Welch and Rocky Mountain Regional Director James Palestino attended the tour to help coordinate the Center's resources with those of its partner organizations and to assist Rural Meth Initiative coordinators with the state-specific problems they encounter.
February 2011: Law Enforcement Advisory Board Meeting
The National Meth Center hosted a nation-wide panel of law enforcement professionals to discuss the continuing scourge of methamphetamine across the country and to hear how the board members thought the Center could tailor its program to help struggling communities.
Attendees included senior level managers from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and members of the criminal justice community. Some board members offered an overview of the meth problem nationwide which is still consider of significant consequence to society.
The day-long meeting centered on the topic of how the National Meth Center and law enforcement can join together and maximize resources to battle the meth problem and how the National Center can join law enforcement to build prevention and community awareness.
Among the ideas generated:
- Establishing training partnerships between law enforcement and the National Meth Center as well as collaborating training with other disciplines such as prevention, treatment and recovery with the National Center as a facilitator.
- Stronger partnership between the National Meth Center and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas.
- Working more closely with the DEA to get the message about meth and drug prevention out to the public.
- Opportunities for the National Meth Center and state, local and federal law enforcement agencies to identify venues to join together such as "Take Back" programs for pharmaceuticals and Red Ribbon Antidrug Campaign as well as the National Meth Center possibly filling prevention gaps regarding demand reduction efforts.
One of the partnerships to emerge at the Board meeting included Dr. Cheryl May, from the University of Arkansas, Criminal Justice Institute that provides training to law enforcement in her state as well as others.