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Speed Is Worst Drug Menace

Speed Is Worst Drug Menace

Methamphetamine, also known as speed, is the worst drug menace facing the United States and a growing threat in Asia, the U.S. drug control chief said Friday.  Criminal organizations that produce heroin have found that methamphetamine is easy to make and offers bigger profits, said Barry McCaffrey, the White House national drug policy director.

Stimulants also pose a huge threat in Thailand, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Japan, he said in Bangkok, on the last leg of a three-nation Asian tour. His eight-day tour seeks to promote international cooperation against the complex criminal networks that dominate the trade in illegal drugs.
McCaffrey, in Thailand after stops in China and Vietnam -the first made to those countries by a U.S. drug policy chief, met with Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, narcotics chiefs, army and police officials.

Thailand regards methamphetamine, mostly produced by ethnic armies in neighboring Myanmar, as its biggest social menace and national security threat. Myanmar is also known as Burma.
McCaffrey said law enforcement worldwide needs to respond to the threat posed by synthetic drugs that can be made by small producers, not just the major criminal organizations.

They pose a new challenge to Thailand – which with Laos and Myanmar make up Southeast Asia’s opium-producing Golden Triangle -after its “enormous success” in the past 20 years in reducing cultivation of opium, the raw material of heroin, and combatting addiction to that drug. ¬†McCaffrey said methamphetamine has become the dominant drug problem in the United States, “in South Carolina, Hawaii, Georgia and the central part of our agricultural states.”

Most of the methamphetamine available in the United States is produced in Mexico and California, he said.
McCaffrey noted that ecstasy, a euphoria-inducing hallucinogen chemically similar to methamphetamine and widely available in the United States and Europe, is spreading to countries like Thailand and China.

In a sign of its spread in Southeast Asia, Malaysian authorities this week seized ecstasy pills and synthetic drugs worth $68 million in the country’s biggest narcotics haul, according to Malaysian news reports Friday. Eleven people were arrested.

Tragedy at Full Moon

Tragedy at Full Moon

Many of you saw the KCAL report on the death of Pablo Mendoza at this past Moontribe event. Their report seemed a lot more fair than reports by other stations, mainly Fox 11 here in LA. Only flaw I saw was when John Abel’s mother called desert promoters money hungry. The promoters of Dune and Full Moon Gathering are the complete opposite of that. Again, our sympathies go out to the parents of Pablo Mendoza.

As many of us know, an individual died this past weekend at Moontribe’s Full Moon Gathering. The circumstances revolving this incident are sketchy at this point, but a little is known. The individual, Pablo Mendoza, was an 18 year old student at Brooks College. He fell off a cliff and plummeted down to the rocky bottom. Rumors say that he waved “bye” when he jumped. No one knows if he was on drugs or what drugs he was on.

In the meantime, local Los Angeles TV station, KCAL 9, has gotten wind of this incident and is planning to air a slanderous news report on Thursday. (2/4/99) Our scene got plenty of bad publicity last summer due to deaths and more is on the way. The way the mass media portrays our scene in Los Angeles is ridiculous. They say that five people have died at previous Moontribe events, but I hear that this is the first death they’ve encountered. KCAL goes and calls these “Killer Raves.” Hopefully, their report along with others in the future won’t have any reprecussions in our use of outdoor venues, unlike the incident last summer at Dune IV.