Wayne County's Mid-year Meth Site Count Passes 2010

Wayne County officials say they have responded to more methamphetamine labs this year than in all of 2010.

The News-Argus of Goldsboro reported that the 16th case of the year was a fire extinguisher in a neighborhood that had been adapted to store ammonia used in meth production.

Sheriff's Capt. Richard Lewis says a hazardous material cleanup contractor was called in to handle the hazardous substance.

Lewis says a clampdown on over-the-counter sales of pseudoephedrine, a cold medicine also used in meth production, has prompted the proliferation of smaller labs.

Officials are concerned about how they will pay for meth-lab related cleanups, averaging $3,000 per site, since the state shifted the expense to the counties.

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  • by uh Location: Greenville on Jul 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    This wasn't the job creation the Bush era tax cuts were supposed to bring, but I'll take it!
  • by Goober Location: ENC on Jul 12, 2011 at 07:47 AM
    'Splain to me Lucy...since you can only get a small amount at a time and now are entered into a state database to prevent "pharmacy shopping" How do they get enough to make this stuff. It seems to me the tougher the laws, the more they make. I just don't understand.
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Jul 12, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    @ V, very well said, I agree 100%. and have stricter laws, so where are the so called POLITICIANS to pass these laws? any politician listening?
  • by Cautious on Jul 12, 2011 at 06:24 AM
    So then demand is probably up, so watch out for meth-head related crimes like thefts and car break-ins to increase.
  • by V Location: Goldsboro on Jul 12, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    Why didn't the state or doesn't Wayne County pass a law which passes the cost of cleanup to the owner of the property? I also thought there was a seizure law already on the books? Wouldn't this apply to meth lab components/materials? If not, why NOT?
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      by NC on Jul 12, 2011 at 06:39 AM in reply to V
      I agree, it seems odd that they are not passing it on the offenders in the form of restitution, etc. You fall asleep and run into a guard rail on the highway and you better believe the state is charging you for that...build a meth lab and tax payers foot the bill for clean up. It's ridiculous.

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