Methamphetamine once was a homegrown drug problem.
U.S. Attorney for Nebraska Joe Kelly says state law has made it difficult to get the ingredients to make meth. So, traffickers have stepped in.
“Well, the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico is believed to be the major shipper of methamphetamine that comes through and to Nebraska,” Kelly tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Other drugs have become problems as well, including the comeback of heroin, a substitute for opioids.
Kelly says drug trafficking creates its own cycle of crime.
“There’s guns. There’s gangs. There’s violence,” according to Kelly. “There’s violence in Mexico and there’s violence locally when it gets here.”
There’s also human trafficking to get it here.
Kelly says the drug cartels of Mexico rely on those desperate to get to the United States to smuggle their drugs into this country.
Kelly says one drug is making a comeback. Heroin has begun to show up more and more in Omaha. It often is sold as a substitute for prescription opioids, which has become harder to come by as the results of legislation over the years, according to Kelly.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]