Methamphetamine is a major drug problem in the Grand Rapids, Michigan Area. The number of meth labs seized in Michigan increased by 290 percent from 2007 to 2009 per a White House Drug Control Update report. Those who make methamphetamine often do so in dangerous basement labs, and note that the drug can be manufactured easily and inexpensively using common household chemicals that are easy to obtain. These chemicals can be combined in a plastic bottle in what is called the “one-pot method) of making meth. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Detroit along with other law enforcement officials such as the Traverse Narcotics Team is fighting the problem of methamphetamine in the northern part of Michigan.
Drug Trends Among Youth in Grand Rapids
Recently, drug prevention groups and law enforcement officials have been offering presentations to parents and others about the common drug trends among youth in Grand Rapids and the surrounding area. Drugs that are currently popular with the youth of Michigan and the Grand Rapids area include bath salts, spice and K2. Bath salts are synthetic designer drugs with effects that are similar to amphetamines. Spice is synthetic marijuana that is legal in most areas, including Michigan, and easy to obtain. K2 is another name for Spice, a synthetic marijuana. It is hoped that by educating the parents of Grand Rapids youth, more drug abuse and death among this population can be prevented.
How to Become a DEA Agent in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids falls under the umbrella of the DEA’s Detroit Division. A Resident Office of this division exists in Grand Rapids. In order to become a DEA agent in Grand Rapids, one must meet specific requirements. These include the possession of a bachelor’s degree or higher, or specialized technical or investigational experience. See this link for more information on how to become a DEA agent in Grand Rapids by meeting requirements. It is, of course, also necessary to complete DEA training before becoming a DEA agent in Grand Rapids.
The Special Agent Recruiter for the Detroit Division can provide much information on Grand Rapids DEA jobs and careers. His name is Christopher Taylor and he can be contacted through email at SpecialAgentRecruiterDetroit@usdoj.gov or by phone at (313) 234-4275.
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Grand Rapids
One of the major obstacles DEA agents in Grand Rapids face is the existence of medical marijuana. Because it is against Michigan state law to sell medical marijuana out of a dispensary, many individuals in Grand Rapids and the surrounding area have recently had medical marijuana dispensaries shut down. These persons face charges of delivering and/or producing marijuana. However, Michigan’s law only allows prosecutors to file civil, not criminal, charges for operating a medical marijuana dispensary. Therefore, it is unlikely that these persons will face much, if any, jail time. Perhaps for this reason, many people who are arrested for having medical marijuana dispensaries simply open new ones when their old ones are closed down, making them repeat offenders.