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Binge and crash

According to drug experts, methamphetamine users take the drug in a variety of ways, including smoking it, snorting it and dissolving it in water and then injecting it. No matter how it is consumed, the substance is said by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to deliver an "immediate, intense euphoria."

The euphoria fades quickly, however, causing many users to take another dose by whatever method they prefer. This binging and crashing cycle can play itself out over and over during the course of many hours and days. In some cases, the highs are ended with a very harsh crash: an arrest for trafficking meth.

A recent investigation involving Marshall County Sheriff's deputies, the McCracken County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies ended with the arrest of four area people accused of distributing meth.

Three men were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine along with firearms violations and other crimes; a Mayfield woman, 37, was charged with conspiracy to traffick in meth and possession of the drug.

The law enforcement officers said they seized about $40,000 from the four, as well as more than a dozen firearms and at least 186 grams of crystal meth from two locations linked to the group.

Also involved in the investigation were the Kentucky State Police and the ATF, according to a media report.

Now the quartet faces allegations that could result in years of incarceration if they are found guilty of all charges. Before they speak with prosecutors about the accusations, they should speak with criminal defense attorneys experienced in drug defense.

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