July 7, 2020 | 7: 46pm | Upgraded July 7, 2020 | 7: 47pm
New York is busting bad.
Federal representatives have been seizing an higher amount of methamphetamine in New York City and the surrounding region, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration told The Post on Tuesday.
The surge of the illicit stimulant to the Big Apple comes amid a proliferation of meth labs uncovered in the Midwest — and even at the Northeast, acting DEA Administrator Timothy Shea explained.
“This is a hideous drug with no remedy, so we have to do whatever we can to block the growth of meth labs,” he said.
DEA statistics show 25 kilos of meth were captured in the New York-metro area in June, a 25 percent increase within the 20 kilos captured in precisely the same period last year.
During a meeting at the DEA’s New York Division headquarters in Manhattan’s Chelsea area, Shea — who had been appointed head of the agency in May — said he’d just toured the centre’s lab and learned meth was being uncovered in illicit opioid pills.
The two-drug combination — a version of that, involving cocaine and heroin, killed”Saturday Night Live” comedians John Belushi and Chris Farley — is known as a”speedball,” but it is unknown if the pills seized by the DEA were marketed as such, Shea explained.
“Methamphetamine is one of the most profitable drugs,” he explained.
The local meth seizures coincide with a lack of additional street drugs due to the coronavirus crisis using a crackdown on”non-essential” traveling between Mexico and the US, Shea said.
As a result, he said, smugglers have not managed to sneak enough powders and pills throughout the border to meet the appetites of local druggies.
“There was still a requirement for the medication, but because of the limited distribution, we saw that a price increase,” Shea said.
“We saw heroin up by 40 percentage, cocaine by 60 to 70 percentage, fentanyl and meth 25 percent”
Shea acknowledged an exclusive Post report last month in regards to the seizure of $16 million in drug proceeds during April and May, compared to just $5 million in the same time period this past year.
“We saw that a stockpiling of drugs on the Mexico side and also a stockpiling of money — cash — on the side,” he said.
And that he hailed the fees in Brooklyn federal court against the son of reputed Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.
An alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Quintero — known as RCQ — is accused in the notorious, 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA Agent Enrique”Kiki” Camarena.
“Today’s arrest gets us nearer to RCQ,” Shea said.
“This is one of our most important priorities — to detain him and to detain anyone who’s helping him.”