Meth Crimes in Palm Beach County
Methamphetamine is a serious and increasing threat in Florida. The most common “street names” for meth are “crystal,” “ice” and “crystal meth”. The drug has always been available and abused in the rural Palm Beach County areas but recently it has been seen in suburban and metropolitan areas. Methamphetamine production, distribution, and abuse are often associated with violent crime.
Most of the meth available in this area is produced in high volume laboratories in California and Mexico, but now meth is produced locally in meth labs. These labs can be located anywhere – the house next door, hotels, motels, RV’s, campers, trailers and public storage facilities. There is a misconception that they are only located in shacks and run down motels. Not true. These labs have been found in very expensive homes and brand new hotels.
Meth can be snorted, smoked, or injected and often is used in combination with other drugs, especially pharmaceuticals. Meth can also be inhaled through aluminum foil or with a Pyrex test tube or light bulb fashioned into a pipe. Meth users are high risk candidates for HIV and hepatitis C infection. Meth users and addicts may lose their teeth quickly. This is a condition known as “meth mouth.” It is not caused by any direct effect of the drug itself. According to the American Dental Association, “meth mouth ” is caused by a combination of drug-induced psychological and physiological changes including xerostomia (dry mouth) and teeth clenching and grinding.
Palm Beach County Meth Crime Defense Attorney
The government has stepped up efforts to eradicate the possession and manufacture of meth throughout Florida. Meth labs are more likely to be identified and meth users are more likely to be arrested than ever before.
If you have been arrested for methamphetamine possession, operating a meth lab or manufacturing meth with intent to distribute, you need to hire an attorney who has experience with meth crimes. Evidence suppression issues are common with these type of cases. Law enforcement officials have to follow strict rules regarding collection of evidence. If there is any indication that an illegal search and seizure took place, an experienced Palm Beach meth crime attorney will file a motion to suppress this evidence so it cannot be used at trial.
Anyone can make a mistake. Only an experienced Palm Beach County meth crime defense lawyer knows how to get this case dismissed.