Berto Jongman: North Korea Flooding US Markets with Pure Crystal Meth

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Berto Jongman
Berto Jongman

The ultimate asymmetric threat — and one that can be repurposed by others.

Brea-KIM bad! 99% pure crystal meth made in North Korea floods U.S. drug markets

  • U.S. police intercepted batch of highly addictive drug bound for New York
  • Tests revealed the ice-like crystals were 99 per cent pure
  • Communist state is said to be in the grip of a crystal meth epidemic
  • In some parts up to 50 per cent of the population are addicted
  • Parents said to offer the drug to their children ‘to help them concentrate’

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Phi Beta Iota: All stories about North Korea have to be viewed with caution, as disinformation is rampant. Still, North Korea is one of the last of the wildly out of control states (the rest, while criminal, are largely under control by monied interests). North Korea does have a track record as having an elite that is rooted in transnational crime. Some of the best work on this topic was done by David Kaplan, the same investigative reporter that broke stories on Saudi Arabia being the primary funder of international terrorism rooted in Islam. What we find deeply frightening is the potential of this cheap drug to make inroad across US society, and particularly across the newly dispossessed white class of older unemployed men and younger unemployed new graduates living at home with their parents and very, very angry.

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