Fox San Antonio Interviews Andrea Salazar on Methamphetamine Rise in San Antonio
August 23, 2017 Click here to read article
SAN ANTONIO – Methamphetamine arrests are on the rise across the region, including here in San Antonio
By Camilla Rambaldi
Fox San Antonio found out some federal courtrooms will be filled with cases for the coming days.
According to U.S. United States District Judge Fred Biery’s docket, there are at least 13 meth related cases over the next month.
Border Patrol agents also seized on the same day more than 25 pounds of meth in Laredo at a checkpoint on Highway 35.
“We’ve got enhanced law enforcement cooperation throughout the region at the federal state and local level so that improves our intelligence,” says Dante Sorianello, Asst. Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Agency in San Antonio.
The DEA is attributing more arrests to more officers on the streets, not because the drug is being made more available.
“We are arresting more methamphetamine traffickers in the area. Perhaps that’s why the court docket is a little fuller,” adds Sorianello.
The DEA says there’s a steady demand for meth across the country.
It’s an issue calling for more prevention programs.
“Everyone knows someone that’s had a substance use disorder. It doesn’t discriminate,” says Andrea Salazar, with the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, (SACADA.)
SACADA is a non-profit organization that offers various prevention and recovery programs, including coaches for local families, men, and women.
Some of various youth programs include the Middle School Youth Program, Adolescent & Team Program, Project Heart, Alternative Activities & Presentations, along with HYPE Productions.
“Help them get back to life, and get back to their family after they worked through their substance use disorder. If people start to act differently than they did a month ago, (or) a week ago, something might be going on. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid,” says Salazar.
The organization also offers the Alamo Mentoring Oriented Recovery program, also known as Project Amor. It’s a three year SAMHSA Peer to Peer grant which is peer-led to expand and enhance substance use recovery. You must be a female, ages 18-and older, and have some type of alcohol or drug issue, along with being a Bexar County resident.
With Meth known to be a drug of choice and addictive, the DEA says it’s important for the community to be on alert.
“Initially it starts at home. If there is not a demand for the drugs, the market goes out,” adds Sorianello.
The details of the latest Live Oak bust in San Antonio haven’t been released yet. It is under investigation.