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Clandestine Labs and Forms of Methamphetamine
Clandestine Drug Labs:
Economic Benefits of Clandestine Labs

Manufacturing MA can be very profitable.  However, these profits may vary depending on the availability of chemicals, purity of the product, the region where the drug is manufactured and sold, and size and sophistication of labs.[1] 

Here is one list of estimated wholesale and retail costs of MA [1]:

  • $40 to $150 per gram
  • $60 to $150 per one-eighth of an ounce
  • $500 to $2,700 for one ounce
  • $4,500 to $20,000 for one pound
  • $18,000 for one kilogram

The U.S. Department of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Center (2005) gives these estimated street costs of MA:

  • $20 to $300 per gram
  • $270 to $5,000 per ounce
  • $1,600 to $45,000 per pound



  • (1) Scott MS. Clandestine Drug Labs. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice; 2002 Mar 19. Report No.: 16.