Meth Labs In NC See Slight Uptick

The number of meth labs was up slightly in 2009 but still below a high of 328 in 2005.

The Attorney General's office says in 2009, meth lab busts were down forty-percent since 2006. Attorney General Roy Cooper attributes that to tougher laws and stronger enforcement in recent years.

Last year also saw the state's first super lab. A super lab is capable of producing more than 10 pounds of meth at a time. Agents busted the super lab on December 16 in Mount Airy, seizing 32.8 pounds of meth and arresting three suspects.

In 2009, the SBI responded to 206 meth labs across the state, compared to 195 meth labs busted in 2008, 157 labs in 2007, and 197 labs in 2006.

In 2009, the North Carolina counties with the most meth lab busts were: Anson (31 labs); Wayne (24 labs); Duplin (21 labs); Johnston (15 labs); Sampson (9 labs); and Halifax (9 labs).


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 12, 2010 at 01:16 AM
    Two things fuel the increase. People looking for ways to make money in the failing economy. People looking for ways to escape money woes in the failing economy. Codependance at it's finest.
  • by Anonymous B Location: havelock on Jan 11, 2010 at 06:36 PM
    IF YOU ARE CAUGHT SELLING METH OR XCTACY OR MAKEING IT. YOU SHOULD GET LIFE IN PRISON WITH NO PAROLE THEY SHOULD DO STINGS MAN IF PEOPLE SEE IT SO CAN THE COPS WALK AROUND WERE PEOPLE GO ON THE WEEKENDS OR NIGHTLIFE FLLEMALLS CARWASHES PARKING LOTS MOST PEOPLE ARE SCARED TO SAY ANYTHING FOR FEAR OF THERE LIVE'S. SEND IN SOME PLAIN CLOTH .SAVE THE YOUTH THAT CANT BE SAVED BY OTHERS .IF THERE PARENTS ARE USING MOST LIKELY THEY ARE TOO.
  • by RADOG Location: NEWPORT on Jan 11, 2010 at 06:27 PM
    THEY NEED TO START DRUG TESTING PEOPLE AND CRACK DOWN ON THIS PROBLEM ,I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK SOMEONE IS DRINKING OR TAKING PILL'S BUT REALLY ON METH . HAVELOCK HAS A REAL PROBLEM AND YOU RIGHT Posted by: Anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 at 07:35 PM .I DONT FEEL SAFE SHOPPING OR GETTING GAS OR USING A ATM ANYMORE .AND ITS BEING DOWN PLAYED .METH IS THE NEW COCAIN PLEASE GET THIS CRAP OFF THE STREET AND SOME OTHER CRAP I HEARD ABOUT CALLED X .WHAT EVER HAPPEN TO JUST HANG OUT AND HAVE A BEER OR WINE GOD HELP US
  • by methlabhomes.com on Jan 11, 2010 at 06:08 PM
    An increase in meth labs, however slight, and the discovery of a super lab, may signal that demand for methamphetamine is growing in North Carolina. If that's true, then you have more meth addicts in the state, which will only fuel more mom and pop meth labs. Shake and bake or one-pot meth labs make it all too easy for an addict to make their own meth. If they make it in a house, shed, garage, barn or car, that property then becomes a hazardous waste site according to the EPA. The health and financial cost of making those places safe for humans to inhabit is devastating to those who unknowingly buy or rent them. When you hear about meth labs, don't compare the numbers, look at the trend. Troubling news for NC. Good luck in 2010. Hopefully, the police and legislators will do something to put the brakes on the meth lab problem in NC. I hear too many sad stories from innocent people who end up with these contaminated homes. Before you buy or rent, be sure you research the home.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 at 04:35 PM
    Hope BCSD is looking around Beaufort County
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