The DEA reports for 2008 that Hispanic trafficking organizations import large quantities of methamphetamine into Iowa, primarily via motor vehicles and mail delivery services. “Ice” or crystal methamphetamine is the principal drug of concern in central and western Iowa.
Informant and defendant interviews have recently revealed that many users in the Sioux City area are not willing to pay for the higher priced crystal methamphetamine, which has decreased in purity during the past two years, and have returned to lower quality powder methamphetamine. However, this is not the case in central Iowa where almost all methamphetamine seized is crystal methamphetamine, and purities have remained stable.
Methamphetamine continues to be a problem for law enforcement in eastern Iowa. A majority of the methamphetamine sold and used in Iowa originates with Mexican drug traffickers. There are large Mexican communities throughout Iowa and a significant illegal immigrant problem, primarily with Mexican nationals. These communities afford Mexican traffickers a ready-made pipeline and infrastructure to distribute methamphetamine.