- - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In all likelihood, Dallas police killer Micah Johnson was an amphetamine addict. On July 9, quoting Dallas police sources, Fox reported that meth had been found in a search of the home he shared with his mother. As Fox further noted, the effects of the C-4 explosion were such that we will never know with 100 percent certainty that he was on meth at the time of the killings but his behavior tracks with someone on meth.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown has said that Johnson was “delusional,” laughing, singing and scrawling cryptic messages on the wall in his own blood while he traded shots with police. In 2014 the National Institutes of Health published a useful paper, “Methamphetamine Alters Brain Structures, Impairs Mental Flexibility,” which notes that “methamphetamine alters brain structures involved in decision-making,” but any experienced law enforcement officer can tell you that. Johnson certainly fit the profile of a meth user.

So, if Johnson was a meth addict, who supplied him with dope?

On these pages in December 2015, I recounted how Chinese meth precursors come into Mexico through new Chinese-built ports on the West Coast of that county. The Mexican drug cartels then mass-produce the precursors in liquid form and smuggle it across the Mexico-Texas border. The Drug Enforcement Administration had reported that in 2014 meth seizures were up 90 percent in the Lower Rio Grande Valley near the Gulf of Mexico, 136 percent in the Middle Area and 245 percent around El Paso in far West Texas.

No one blames federal and Texas agents on the front lines, but the truth is they can only intercept a fraction of the flood. In Houston, meth has become “wildly popular,” the Houston Chronicle reports. In 2014, the Dallas Morning News headlined a long feature, “Deluge of meth from Mexico spreads across Texas.”

Two years later, the “deluge” of dope is only worse. My home state of Texas is getting overwhelmed by Mexican meth and other drugs. Let’s just look at highlights from the last 30 days: On June 26, 19 people were indicted in Dallas in a giant meth distribution ring, which also had heroin on offer. On June 16, nine people in Lubbock were arrested when a meth and cocaine conspiracy was broken up. On June 30, a canine team found that Mexican cartels were trying to smuggle $5 million worth of meth hidden in trucks hauling jalapenos and cucumbers across the Pharr Texas International Bridge. On July 1, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced the arrest of 15 people in Austin for distribution of methamphetamines.

And then there was Guillen Fernando, age 45. He was doing 86 mph in a 75 mph zone on I-35 when police in Texas’ Williamson County pulled him over. Williamson County is basically the northern suburbs of Austin. According to the KOAN report, Mr. Fernando was “visibly jittery and shaking almost as if he wanted to run.” You would want to run, too, if you had more than 16 pounds of meth in your car and Texas cops were asking questions. Mr. Fernando was purportedly on his way to Dallas to make a delivery — probably not his first drug run but a big mistake to be running 11 mph over the speed limit, even in Texas.

The long and the short of it is this: Meth is all over Texas from north to south, east to west, and it all tracks back to Mexico and China. All of the major Texas cities, including Dallas, have become distribution hubs. In its “deluge” story, the Dallas Morning News quotes one user saying, “My dealer was a Hispanic female with a connection to people from Mexico.” The Mexicans sell to non-Hispanic sub-dealers, who buy it from them and resell it into their own communities. The News recounted the story of one pusher from Longview who regularly went to Dallas on a motorcycle to pick up his supply, which he resold in smaller communities in East Texas. He’s in prison today, but there are others to take his place.

All of this inflicts barely imaginable pain and suffering on Americans, particularly young people. Even the public education that the law enforcement community conducts on a continuous basis showing the premature aging of meth addicts is not enough to overcome the lure of the drug. A young man with other issues, as many of them have, would be a prime target for the Mexican meth cartels in a place like Dallas where the drug was readily available.

The online hate promoters who spun up Johnson have blood on their hands and they don’t escape our condemnation. But vile as it is, most of what they do is protected by the First Amendment. Not so the Mexican drug cartels, their Chinese suppliers and the open borders proponents.

If the borders are open to people and trade, and they are, President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others must acknowledge the dangers they pose to the American people in the form of drug addiction, often life-long or even from birth. Whether it is an individual carrying poison in her backpack or meth hidden in the NAFTA-generated flood of vegetable trucks crossing the Rio Grande bridges, the devastation to our country is growing rapidly. If, as we suspect, Johnson was a meth addict, five fine law enforcement officers have paid with their lives for open borders.

William C. Triplett II is the former chief Republican counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


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