Courtesy of the Pickens Progress www.pickensprogress.comPublished December 22, 2005
Meth use affects us all — Part 1
Meth problem to the point it can’t get much worse says veteran GBI agent
[Editor’s Note: To highlight the continuing problem of methamphetamine use in the state of Georgia and Pickens County, the Progress offers a three-part series, beginning this week, designed to shed light on the issue which affects us all. Parts two and three, to appear in the coming weeks, will feature the perspectives of a drug treatment professional and a recovering addict.]
John Cagle has personally arrested “several thousand” people for methamphetamine-related crimes in his 26-year career with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
Cagle, who is now the special agent-in-charge at GBI region 8 which includes Pickens County and most of north central Georgia, spent 23 years in the Bureau’s drug enforcement division, the latter 21 of those in north Georgia. So he speaks from his own past observations when he says the highly addictive drug known as meth is nothing new in Pickens County.
“Methamphetamine has been around a long, long time, just not in the magnitude it is now,” said Cagle in a recent interview with the Progress.
The meth problem in Georgia has grown to the point that it is one that cannot be solved by law enforcement alone, and it is one that is “not going away,” Cagle said. In fact, in a foreboding assessment of the dilemma many experts classify as an epidemic, Cagle said, “It’s leveling off in north Georgia, to the point that I don’t know if it could get much worse.”