As methamphetamine usage is on the rise in Michigan, so is the importation of a much more pure product from outside the state, a local news outlet says. In 2016 alone, more than a dozen federal search warrants have been issued for such inbound packages. In an unfortunate testament to law enforcement’s growing knowledge of drugs in the mail, a 43-year-old was just arrested for doing just that.
Keith Allen Thorpe, a 43-year-old living in Holland, Michigan was indicted this week on federal methamphetamine conspiracy charges.
Thorpe appeared on law enforcement’s radar once a package containing both methamphetamine and heroin was flagged for inspection in Grand Rapids. The package was sent from Phoenix, Arizona, a spot where a significant amount of meth is shipped from, according to Michigan State Police’s Detective Lt. Andrew Fias. “Crystal meth use is on the rise. We’re seeing an increase and about 90 percent of it is from Mexico,” he says. Most of the mail-related methamphetamine trafficking warrants involved packages originating in states bordering Mexico, such as Arizona, Texas and California.
Once the package was flagged, the West Michigan