|Meth lab busts have doubled in county|
The chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine are so toxic, investigators must use rubber gloves and special clothing to protect themselves. Above, investigators test substances found Sunday at a suspected lab in Callaway.
Friday, January 24, 2014
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office discovered a suspected methamphetamine lab Sunday night at a Callaway residence.
Inside an outbuilding about 40 yards away from the residence, investigators found ingredients and equipment consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to Sgt. Lyle with the narcotics unit.
Investigators also seized a white, pasty substance believed to contain meth, Lyle said. The substance has been sent to the crime lab.
No charges will be filed in the case until the lab analysis is complete, he added.
This is the sixth meth lab discovered in Franklin County in the past six months, Lyle said. And eight individuals are currently facing charges in connection with those labs.
Methamphetamine lab busts in the county doubled from six in 2012 to 14 in 2013, Lyle said. The cost of cleanup for those labs last year was over $11,000.
"Methamphetamine is a community issue. It is in every section of the county," Lyle said. "The hazardous chemicals used to manufacture meth are toxic to the environment and to those exposed, including children inside the residences where many labs are found."
"And drug use leads to many other crimes in the community, including thefts and other violent crimes," Lyle added. "If anyone suspects someone of manufacturing methamphetamine, please contact the sheriff's office at 483-3000. Your personal information will be kept confidential."
In addition to controlled purchases of drugs to find individuals manufacturing meth, the narcotics unit actively investigates purchases of Sudafed (pseudoephedrine), the stimulant used to make methamphetamine, at pharmacies, Lyle said.