What is Drug Trafficking?
Drug trafficking may be best defined as a sufficient amount
of an illegal substance that constitutes a higher penalty
for its possession under Georgia Law. Each controlled
substance has its own limit as to what may constitute either
simple possession or trafficking.
What is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine hydrochloride is a
highly addictive narcotic that appears as an
off-white or white powdery or chunky substance.
Methamphetamine is known on the street as "speed", or
"crank". The use of meth includes smoking, injecting or
ingestion. Japanese scientist A. Ogata first synthesized
methamphetamine in 1919. The Axis powers in World War II
distributed methamphetamine to its soldiers as a stimulant.
In recent years, methamphetamine has been homemade in
illegal clandestine laboratories operated by addicts and
What is "Ice"?
methamphetamine in its' purest state. Ice generally takes
the form of clear crystallized chunks. It will dissolve in
water and breaks down to smaller particles. The use of ice
induces a sense of euphoria and stimulating the release of
dopamine in the human brain. In this form, the drug can only
be smoked. Ice is an extremely additive narcotic. What is
cocaine? Cocaine is an alkaloid in the leaves of the South
American shrub Erythroxylon coca and its powerful psycho
stimulant which induces a sense of exhilaration by blocking
the reuptake of neurotransmitter dopamine in the midbrain.
Cocaine can be smoked (crack form), snorted, ingested or
injected into the human body.
What is marijuana?
Marijuana is a cultivated
herbal plant. The marijuana plant is a unique, green, leafy
plant. Marijuana use induces a euphoric effect on the brain
by the inhalation of smoke containing THC, a psycho
Marijuana is the most common of all drugs in North
America. According to government statistics, about 140
million people-nearly 2.5% of the Earth's population-smoke
What is "ecstasy"?
MDMA commonly referred to as ecstasy is a
clandestinely created stimulant most commonly found in
tablet or pill form. The drug is commonly referred to as "X"
and is often distributed in nightclubs and on college
campuses. "Ice" is re-crystallized
What is a meth lab?
Most simply, a meth lab is a certain collection of items,
chemicals and equipment that, when used in certain orders,
can produce methamphetamine.
How can I identify a meth lab?
A meth lab can be best
identified through the collection of its parts. A meth lab
not be a laboratory-type set up in one single location. The
nature of clandestine methamphetamine manufacture indicates
that meth lab components may be everyday household items,
and therefore, not easily distinguishable by the lawman.
Indicators, such as a large number of starting fluid cans,
drain cleaners, coffee filters, mason jars, matchbooks,
sinus pills, or their blister packs, lithium batteries and
propane tanks are indicative of a meth lab.
such as ether or ammonia may be present. The toxic natures
of meth labs dictate extreme caution when dealing with them.
If you suspect items may part of a meth lab, one should
never open to move contents, but instead, call your local
authorities. (or contact us here) How can I identify a drug
house? Dealers often use homes as a focal point for their
customers to purchase drugs. Observations such as a high
volume of short stay traffic or persons waiting outside for
long periods of time-even in severe weather conditions-,ay
indicate that a home is being used as a distribution point
for illegal drugs. How do I report drug activity in my area?
If you have information concerning drug activity in your
area, there are several options for you, as a citizen, to
report the activity. If you are in Carroll, Heard, or
Meriwether County areas, you may email or call the West
Georgia Drug Task Force. Phone calls or emails may be
anonymously given. Please check the "Links" section of our
website for more information.
How do Agents legal obtain search
A search warrant for a
residence or business suspected of being a distribution
point for illegal narcotics is obtained through the lawful
court order of a judge. This order is given to Agents upon
them providing documentation and sworn testimony to a judge
concerning suspected illegal activity at a given location.
The Agent must demonstrate to the judge probable cause to
believe that the illegal activity is ongoing. Probable cause
is more than just suspicion but less than absolute
certainty. Typically narcotics investigations ending with a
search warrant at a residence take weeks to months to
What are some indicators of drug
- Symptoms of drug abuse
vary from drug to drug. In addition, the length of time
of abuse of a drug has a direct correlation to possible
- Methamphetamine abuse generally exhibits itself, in
the beginning, as a form of paranoia, severe
sleeplessness, pasty skin, and reclusive ness towards
family and friends. Whereas prolonged use generally
displays a general disregard for personal hygiene,
weight loss, and fornication, or "crank bugs"-a feverent
scratching of the skin in a hallucinogenic state causing
- Cocaine abuse indicators generally begin with
anxiety, depression, irritability, extreme fatigue,
physical deterioration-usually manifesting itself in
weight loss. Other indicators may include burned
fingertips and lips (from utilizing a glass pipe in
which to smoke crack cocaine), discolored front eyeteeth
from the heat of the pipe, and pigmentation dispersal of
the whites of the human eye. Cocaine creates an intense
craving for more. Heavy users of cocaine may exhibit
compulsive and repetitive patterns of behavior. Social
consequences of heavy cocaine use may manifest itself as
personal isolation and the pushing away of beloved
family or friends.