After many years of not needing to worry, the Boston area is now seeing an increase in drug incidents related to methamphetamine use. Although a major problem in other parts of the country, notably the West Coast, the Boston area has seen little of this very damaging drug up until now. In 2011, in the West, 73% of the drug threat was attributed to meth, whereas in New England, it was only 1.3%. However, year after year data shows a steady increase in the quality of meth available and a steady decrease in the price of the product.
Within the past few weeks in the Boston area, there have been shootings, chases and arrests of methamphetamine users and producers.
In Plymouth, on Sunday authorities busted a meth production lab. In a quiet residential apartment building neighbors noted suspicious activities and smelled chemicals and notified the authorities. Upon investigation they found evidence of a “small methamphetamine lab”. The tenant of the apartment , 38-year-old Kerri Mahoney, was arrested Sunday night.
In Middleton, in August two members of a bike gang apparently shot each other in the dark, mistaking each other for attackers after ingesting quantities of meth and becoming paranoid. Witnesses related that the men had been threatened by unknown parties a few days previously and were worried that the threats might be acted upon. They apparently spent the better part of the day in the house doing lines of meth and scanning a video monitor for the possible return of the assailants. When they thought they noticed something outside they apparently exited the house with weapons and thought they were shooting at their assailants when they were actually firing at each other. Both men received non life-threatening injuries and were hospitalized.
And in Beverly yesterday, police arrested a man for possession of meth and other drugs after meeting with him on the street to discuss another ongoing investigation. Hector J. Rodriguez, 19 walked away from the police officers and entered a nearby store on Rantoul Street. He was observed ducking behind counters and officers determined he may have been secreting items on the store shelves. After he left the store, the shelves were searched and two bags of meth were found.Upon his arrest Rodriguez was also found in possession of marijuana.
So, after many years, it appears that the methamphetamine problem has finally reached the Boston area.