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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Meth madness

Posted By on Tue, Jul 11, 2006 at 5:29 AM

There's an Arkansas angle here, needless to say, even if not explicitly stated. An NY Times feature on how some of the biggest identity thieves are not sophisticated Internet crime rings but meth users desperate for the means to buy drugs. Denver is an example:

When methamphetamine proliferated more recently, the police and prosecutors at first did not associate it with a rise in other crimes. There were break-ins at mailboxes and people stealing documents from garbage, Mr. Morales said, but those were handled by different parts of the Police Department.

But finally they connected the two. Meth users — awake for days at a time and able to fixate on small details — were looking for checks or credit card numbers, then converting the stolen identities to money, drugs or ingredients to make more methamphetamine. For these drug users, Mr. Morales said, identity theft was the perfect support system.

 


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