Berwick, LA – A tiny pharming town located just across the Atchafalaya River from Morgan City stands to lose its entire meth crop if the Morganza Spillway is opened to relieve the cresting Mississippi River.
Dozens of cozy mom-and-pop laboratories, which produce pharmaceutical grade methamphetamine, are quietly nestled throughout the swamps and wetlands just outside of town. These family-run businesses could be entirely wiped out by flood waters that officials say could reach them sometime next week.
Berwick officials have petitioned the federal government to allow for lab owners, cooks, and even distributors to be able to file for small business loans and federal assistance should the controlled flooding in the Atchafalaya basin destroy their way of life.
Local cook, Blandyn Boudreaux, told The Push Pole:
We’ve ramped up production in the wake of the encroaching floodwaters. We’re working twenty four hours a day to get out as much meth before that wave hits. The entire region is depending on us. Without us, truckers might have to start sleeping. Dentists would be left unchallenged. The entire sweatpants industry could collapse. I’m talking complete pandemonium. That’s why I’ve been working for 93 hours straight. Sometimes a little raspy leprechaun voice inside my heads tells me to take a break. He tells me to go rest under that giant giraffe over there playing that saxophone, but I’m like, ‘No way lil dude! My community needs me! I’ll sleep when I’m dead…which shouldn’t be too much longer now.’