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).