This week our local cops busted a trucker who was hauling, along with his load of carrots and carrot juice, 205 kilos of cocaine. Yowza! It's street value was estimated between $8 million to $20 million, depending on the final processing that would have been done prior to street dealing of the finished product. In the thirty years I've been living in this town I've only heard of relatively small drug busts. Although my town is growing, about 65000 people now from about 30000 when I first moved here, we've been rather sheltered. Sure, drugs are everywhere, but we seem to have far fewer problems in my town. The demographic here is fairly well off middle class white suburbia, without any significant housing projects and poverty, which sadly often go hand in hand with the drug trade. The drug bust here isn't really a local thing; the truck was just passing through and the driver seemed to have become lost and attracted the attention of a suspicious citizen and a transport enforcement officer who inspected the truck's cargo and found the drugs.
I don't really know why I am sharing this with you folks here; I guess I'm just curious to know what it is like where you live. When I was in high school, it was mostly pot that the kids got into. The odd time a hard core stoner might have hash; never saw anything harder than that. From television I have become aware of the wildfire spread of meth abuse, shows like Intervention and Dog the Bounty Hunter. That stuff, along with crack, seems to be wickedly destructive in its effects and in so short a time.