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DEA Announces Expansion of

        Operation Crystal Shield

        DEA Chicago and San Francisco Field Divisions have Been Identified As

        Methamphetamine Trafficking Transportation Hubs

        WASHINGTON  –  Drug  Enforcement  streets and deaths from meth use and over-  The initial nine DEA field divisions that par-
        Administration Acting Administrator Tim-  dose. This action is an important step to sty-  ticipated in Operation Crystal Shield were
        othy J. Shea announced the expansion of  mie this dangerous drug from flooding our  selected  because  they  had  accounted  for
        Operation  Crystal  Shield.  This  expansion  neighborhoods and communities.”  over 75 percent of the methamphetamine
        includes the designation of two additional                                seized across the United States in 2019. In-
        methamphetamine “transportation hubs” in   In  February  2020,  DEA  launched  Opera-  cluding the two new hubs of Chicago and
        2021. Through this effort, DEA is attacking   tion  Crystal  Shield,  a  major  coordinated   San Francisco, the 11 divisions taking part
        the entire supply chain, locating and seiz-  enforcement  effort  targeting  methamphet-  in Operation Crystal Shield represent more
        ing meth shipments before they are broken   amine  transportation  hubs  throughout  the   than 90 percent of the 118,146 pounds of
        down and trafficked into our communities   United States to prevent these deadly nar-  methamphetamine  seized  throughout  the
        and neighborhoods. The Chicago Field Di-  cotics from wracking public health and se-  United States in 2020.
        vision  and  San  Francisco  Field  Division   curity across the nation. In total, Operation
        have  been  added  to  this  initiative,  along   Crystal Shield generated more than 800 in-  Virtually all methamphetamine in the Unit-
        with the nine DEA field divisions originally   vestigations resulting in over 2,100 arrests,  ed States is produced in Mexico in indus-
        selected to participate. Additionally, opera-  the seizure of nearly $54.5 million in drug  trial-like labs, through major ports of entry
        tional resources have been increased by 50   proceeds, more than 300 firearms, and more  along the Southwest Border, and transport-
        percent to attack the meth threat and the vi-  than 60,000 pounds of methamphetamine.  ed in tractor trailers and personal vehicles
        olence that accompanies it.          Since  the  inception  of  Operation  Crystal   along U.S. highways.
        “When DEA announced Operation Crystal   Shield, DEA has identified changing trends  DEA Announces Expansion of Op-
        Shield last February, we pledged to adjust,   in methamphetamine trafficking. The Chi-  eration Crystal Shield. DEA. (n.d.).
        adapt, and expand our efforts based on the   cago Field Division has been identified as
        actions  of  the  dangerous  drug  trafficking   a hub for Sinaloa and CNJG operations that  es/2021/01/15/dea-announces-expan-
        cartels,  and  today  we  are  fulfilling  that   transport  methamphetamine  to  communi-  sion-operation-crystal-shield.
        pledge,”  said  Acting  Administrator  Shea.   ties  across  Wisconsin,  Michigan,  Illinois,   January 15, 2021
        “This is an ever-evolving initiative to pro-  and Indiana. The San Francisco Field Divi-
        tect the American people from the dangers   sion has been identified as a hub for meth-  Contact: National Media Affairs
        of  methamphetamine.  It  is  imperative  we   amphetamine  trafficked  across  northern  Office
        continue  to  keep  up  the  intensity  and  re-  California to Oregon and Nevada.  Phone Number: (202) 307-1000
        verse the trend of increased meth on our                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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