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Reports of candy-flavored methamphetamine are emerging
around the nationa, stirring concern among police and
abuse-prevention experts that drug dealers are marketing the
drug to younger people.
The flavored crystals are available in
California, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Texas, New Mexico,
Missouri and Minnesota, according to intelligence gathered
by Drug Enforcement Administration agents from informants,
users, local police and drug counselors.
Meth, a highly addictive stimulant, is
usually a white or brownish, bitter-tasting crystalline
power that dissolves in water. It is usually smoked or
Among the new flavors are strawberry,
known as "Strawberry Quick", chocolate, cola and other
agent reported a red methamphetamine that had been marketed
as a powdered form of an energy drink.
Years ago a blue meth known as "Smurf dope" circulated in
Missouri. It was nothing more than one of the loca lmeth
cooks taking a great deal of pride in his purity. He ground
up blue chalk to color it so he could market it as
Strawberry Quick is popular among new
users who snort it because the flavoring can cut down on the
taste. Teenagers who have been taught meth is bad may see
this flavored version as less harmful.
Source: USA Today
National news reports have highlighted concerns about drug
dealers adding kid-friendly flavorings to methamphetamine,
but actual incident reports about such concoctions have been
sketchy, at best.
The Emporia (Kan.) Gazette reported
May 18 that reports of so-called "strawberry" meth
originated in Carson City, Nev., where a police informant
purchased pink meth from a dealer.
"He purchased it. He brought it back
to us and said the guy called it 'strawberry meth,'" said
Sgt. Darrin Sloan of the city's Special Enforcement Team.
"When I looked at it, I'd never seen anything like it. I
don't know how they did it ... My own thoughts were, once
this hits the streets, it's just more attractive to the
However, that was the only case of
colored meth reported in Carson City. The report led to the
Nevada Department of Public Safety issuing a statewide
warning, which in turn was circulated nationally via
Reports of flavored meth then surfaced
in Arkansas. But officials there later said that police who
raided a meth lab only found packages of strawberry flavored
drink mix in the trash.
"What we're telling everybody is that
this is not a problem in our area yet," said Chris Harrison
of the Arkansas Crime Laboratory. "It has not been seen
enough to really be considered any kind of trend. We just
have some anecdotal evidence that it might be coming into
"Drug dealers have consistently
marketed their drugs any way they can, using flavorings and
colors, different kinds of candies, ever since they've been
selling drugs" Harrison added. "People think they're getting
something new and they'll maybe be more likely to buy it
from you rather than someone else."
But Harrison added, "We've had a
couple of colored drugs but nothing that really seems to be