Meth on the Wind River Reservation
A Mexican drug ring based in Ogden, Utah developed a comprehensive business plan that directed over 98 pounds of meth – enough to provide over 45,000 doses, in and around the Wind River Reservation.
The plan involved the following elements: a potential consumer base (Indians living on the reservation or nearby); successful businesses that already prey on addicts (the liquor stores); a regular source of income their customers could use to buy meth (the monthly checks); and the conviction that alcohol consumers could be switched over to being meth consumers (free samples). Within five years, the reservation’s addict-rich environment became a 2.2 million acre mecca for meth abuse. Assaults tripled, theft doubled and child abuse increased 85%.
What steps can an individual or community take to reduce or address drug activity within a community?
Learn about your neighborhood and get to know your neighbors. Work with agencies like Neighborhood Watch and your local police departments.
Work with small businesses to repair rundown storefronts, clean up littered streets, and create jobs for young people.
Contact your local police department for recommendations or suggestions in your area or contact the Utah Coalition for Crime Prevention or local Neighborhood Watch Program for more information.