In 2008, the DEA reported that over the past several years, seizures of methamphetamine labs have declined substantially in Utah.
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, only 9 labs and/or dumpsites were seized in the entire state. This is the lowest number seized in recent memory and a far cry from the peak of 272 in FY 1999. This decline is attributed to a number of factors, including strict precursor legislation, community awareness and education campaigns, as well as aggressive law enforcement efforts. Currently, most labs discovered in Utah are small, as measured by the amount of product made per cook, and rudimentary. Most are mobile labs that use the “red, white, and blue” method of manufacture.
The dramatic reduction in locally produced methamphetamine has been accompanied by an increase in the availability of Mexican methamphetamine. Debriefings of former methamphetamine cooks suggest that purchasing Mexican methamphetamine is now far easier and cheaper than acquiring the chemicals and the secure location needed to manufacture it.
Mexican poly-drug trafficking organizations dominate the distribution of methamphetamine, most of which is produced in Mexico, southern California, or the Southwest. The methamphetamine supplied by these organizations has increased price in the last year. In several recent investigations, traffickers charged $1,100 per ounce of methamphetamine, as compared to as little as $650-$700 per ounce in late 2005.