MORGANTOWN \u2014 The seizure of nearly 1,000 grams of illegal drugs, primarily methamphetamine, is part of a trend that Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston is\u00a0noticing.\r\n\r\n\u201cMeth is becoming more and more available as a result of international drug trafficking organizations, particularly out of Mexico,\u201d he said Monday on WAJR\u2019s Morgantown AM. \u201cAnd they\u2019re making meth more available and larger quantities and cheaper than it would be for people to manufacture it.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe seizure resulted in the arrests of two men, both from Philadelphia.\r\n\r\n\u201cThey were selling a lot of drugs, and unfortunately meth has become more popular,\u201d Preston said. \u201cAnd it\u2019s becoming more popular across the entire state and the U.S. for that matter.\u201d\r\n\r\nAnthony Lockhart III, 26, and Tauheed Holt, 25, are both facing charges following the seizure\u00a0by the Mon Metro Drug Task Force at a Star City home last week.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt would be really hard for those two individuals to move it themselves without having runners to make the distributions,\u201d Preston said.\r\n\r\nPart of this, Preston said, is about supply and demand.\r\n\r\n\u201cCrackdowns on the opiates and crackdowns on the heroin have come about,\u201d he said. \u201cCrackdowns on the ephedrine in the purchases out of the stores, it got real hard to make the product here locally and regionally. So, importation of it becomes a more profitable game.\u201d\r\n\r\nPolice seized 206 grams of heroin and 790 grams of crystal meth, valued at approximately $120,000.\r\n\r\n\u201cMethamphetamine and cocaine that also are cut or fused with fentanyl or fentanyl derivatives or heroin,\u201d Preston said. \u201cSo we\u2019re seeing those two mixed together.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe meth has Preston particularly concerned for a number of reasons, including its potency.\r\n\r\n\u201cJohn Belushi overdosed on a speedball, which was cocaine and heroin mix cocktail,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019re seeing similar types of things happening now. It\u2019s not just pure meth. It\u2019s not just pure cocaine.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s not just pure heroin. It\u2019s a combination of those mixed together.\u201d\r\n\r\nPreston noted the overdose rate is up about 400 percent in West Virginia.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis stuff is made in much larger quantities with much more stringent chemicals. A lot of times it\u2019s referred to as ice. And it\u2019s because of the physical appearance \u2014 it looks like shaved ice. There are little glass shards that are in it, as opposed to some of the multi-coloration or multi-powder appearances from the homemade meth.\u201d\r\n\r\nThis also presents a new problem for first responders: life-saving overdose reversal drugs like narcan have no impact on methamphetamine.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf someone overdosed with meth, it would have no effect at all,\u201d Preston said. \u201cIf they overdose with meth and fentanyl, it would work on the fentanyl, but not the meth part of the overdose.\u201d\r\n\r\nOne silver lining he did note \u2014 at least an anecdotal one \u2014 is that his officers have been responding to fewer overdoses than in years past.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re not down to daily basis now,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019re dealing with several a week now. Things have tapered off compared to what they were six or eight months ago.\u201d\r\n\r\nThat\u2019s a pretty mild silver lining though, Preston said, because meth has a tendency to be associated with a very alarming type of crime.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe meth and cocaine are stimulants of the central nervous system,\u201d he said. \u201cFolks tend to be \u2018up\u2019 a lot more. Crimes of violence tend to be more attributed with it because of paranoia, willingness to fight.\u201d\r\n\r\nTypically, crimes related to opioid use trend more towards petty theft.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere\u2019s different types of associated crimes based upon what the drugs do to the central nervous system itself,\u201d Preston said.\r\n\r\nLockhart III and Holt are both facing possession with intent to deliver charges for both meth and heroin and charges of conspiracy.