Meth seizures are up three percent across the Midwest, according to the Omaha Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
This includes South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa.
The DEA says it has collected 842.6 pounds of meth so far in 2018, thanks to state and local law enforcement investigations.
That's compared to 817 pounds of meth seized in 2017.
“Meth is becoming more and more accessible across the area,” Acting Special Agent in Charge Darin Thimmesch said. “We’ve seen an increase in meth in the Midwest as prices continue to go down and purity levels increase.”
Authorities say meth produced in the U.S. is at its lowest levels since 2000. However, cheap meth is increasingly crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S.
“Meth is a highly addictive drug,” Thimmesch said. “It’s coming into the country at alarming rates and the West and Midwest regions of the country are being hit hardest. That being said, the DEA is working countless hours alongside our law enforcement partners to help take meth off the streets and out of our communities.”