crystalmethREX_228x300.jpgA weakening economy is motivating the city’s drug dealers to explore more lucrative markets. The rising costs of cocaine and an increasingly cash strapped demographic is leading to a surge in both the sales and seizures of meth, according to the NY branch of the DEA. The agency netted 14 kilos of the trailer park favorite this year alone compared to only 4 kilos in 2007. This could lead to widespread abuse and threatens to make the city a bit nostalgic:

“[Dealers] are trying to create a market,” said John Gilbride, the DEA’s special agent in charge of New York. “[We’re] afraid of an epidemic similar to the crack epidemic of the ’80s.”