In 2008, the DEA reported that methamphetamine is a widely abused drug in Washington and one which impacts all levels of the community. Crystal methamphetamine (aka “ice”), which dominates the market as the preferred form of methamphetamine, is readily available throughout the state.
Mexican drug trafficking organizations are primarily responsible for the importation and distribution of methamphetamine in Washington, most of which is now produced in Mexico. Clandestine methamphetamine lab activity within the state has decreased over the years. This is likely due in part to state and federal legislation, which has hindered accessibility to chemicals such as pseudoephedrine.