Not unlike any other business, illegal drugs are all about economics — for drug manufacturers and those who purchase the product.
“All major drug seizures now in America are heroin and ice,” Kevin Lee, Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division commander, told a Tuesday meeting of the Thomasville-Thomas County Drug Commission.
Ice, a purer form of methamphetamine, is being produced in Mexico.
Lee said narcotics/vice has seen more of the ice form of meth here in recent months than in the last two years.
Mexican drug cartels have super labs that make ice, which Lee said is more profitable than cocaine.
Ice and the traditional form of methamphetamine sell for $150 a gram, depending on availability.
Roxycodone and oxycodone pills manufactured legally by pharmaceutical companies sell for $1 per milligram.
Lee said heroin being produced in Mexico sells for $10 a hit, a fraction of the price Americans are paying for roxycodone and oxycodone pills.
The pills are becoming scarce, and heroin will proliferate, Lee told commission members.
Heroin is in Albany and Valdosta, “and it is just a matter of time before it gets here,” Lee said.
The drug, he said, might already be in Thomas County, but has not surfaced to the point of an arrest.
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