Meth Lab Busts Hit Record Level

An arrest recently makes four meth lab busts already this year in Wayne County, and statistics show meth lab busts are up across the state.

The SBI says there were a total of 235 labs busted statewide in 2010. Last year that number was 344, a record number. We have already had 62 through the first two months of 2012.

Law enforcement officers say better technology, aggressive police work, and community help have all lead to more arrests.

Attorney General Roy Cooper also says an easier way to produce the drug methamphetamine has prompted the record number of meth lab busts across the state.

In 2006 new laws were passed restricting the purchase of a key ingredient to make meth. Cooper says the laws are effective in curbing large-scale meth operations. But a method where the drug can be mixed in two-liter soda bottles means the overall number of operations has grown.


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  • by OpenYourEyes Location: ENC on Feb 28, 2012 at 03:38 PM
    I was not aware until a friend recently alerted me to this...look at the high number of milk jugs and clorox bottles now littering the roadside. It's where these folks have made up this stuff while riding down the road and discarded the containers to keep LEOs and the EPA from condemning their houses. Sad.
  • by Cliff Location: Altoona, AL on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    Make Pesudophederine A Perscription Only Drug, Period. Alabama Is Considering Such legislation And I Think North Carolina Should Do The Same. Better Yet, Congress Should Pass Legislation Requiring Perscriptions For Pesudophederine.
  • by NEil Location: NC on Feb 28, 2012 at 09:26 AM
    Well quit running reports on "How easy it is to make meth, and we'll show you how after the break..." stories and you might tune out those who would have never been involved with the concoction of chemicals that eats away at your humanity. Education on the matter only supports those that want the education for knowledge and not for a half-rigged chemistry experiment in there grandmothers backyard...and guess what, those that want the knowledge for good will find it.
  • by LEW Location: MOTOWN on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    We need 21st Century Laws for a 20th - 21st Century problem. The law allows drug addicts to abuse the illegal substances, and by default allows all that goes along with the lifestyle (crimes of violence, theft, child abuse, long term social care, etc.). It is not a crime to use the drugs, only to possess, sale, or make the drug, or drive a motor vehicle under the influence. The Lawyers have carved out that distinction so they can have a cash cow in the court processes. In the end, it would be cheaper to build and staff secure treatment centers other than prisons for forced treatment. Laws should allow families to commit drug and alcohol dependent family members to forced treatment, in other words make the use of drugs illegal. Forced treatment in secure treatment facilities with programs and lengths of stay based on the addicts drugs of choice and treatment psycholgical and medical models would be a more efficient use of the taxpayers money. Until that time, expect the drug issue and all that entails (crime and abuse) to spiral out of control. All we do now is encourage new drug addicts by not effectively controlling the problem. The social welfare, law-enforcement, correctional facility, courts, jails, probation, systems we have in place now are failing miserably.
  • by Stop the War on The Poor on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:20 AM
    War drugs is really just a War on Poor and sick people. Drug addiction is a Health issue more than it is a criminal issue. It should be treated as such. As long as some one is Addicted to a drug they will continue to use it. Its too profitable for poor people on the street who have nothing to lose not to sell it. The demand is high, the profit margin is high and the supply is scarce which means you will have more violent crimes to obtain it. We as a nation need to seriously take a step back and ask ourselves just how productive the war on drugs has been.
  • by MarkusWellbee Location: Kinston on Feb 28, 2012 at 04:35 AM
    Meth is simply the white man's crack. If you've ever seen time progression photos of meth heads (like arrest pics over a period of time) you will see how meth heads & crack heads look virtually the same. Apparently that's some bad stuff.
  • by rapper Location: snow hill on Feb 27, 2012 at 06:08 PM
    I understand that there had been legislation proposed to require authorization to obtain a key ingredient used to make this stuff. I heard that the pharmaceutical lobby had it skilled in Congress however. Seems the pharmaceutical industry is really interested in making illicit drugs but have no interest in producing legitimate cancer fighting drugs.
  • by THINK on Feb 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
    The number of severe burn cases has also gone through the roof due to the "shake and bake" method. Many people don't realize just how terribly painful serious burns are. It's not worth it!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
    Hillbilly heroin! YEEHAW!
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      by mines on Feb 27, 2012 at 08:09 PM in reply to
      I think thats oxycodone. HEROINE (sp)
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