A daunting task
They’ve seen children injured or endangered by explosions or toxic fumes at meth labs, often set up in homes or hotel rooms. They know how expensive it is to clean up the mess the labs create — SBI officials estimate the costs run $3,000 to $5,000 per lab, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.
Now they’re contending with a huge jump in meth lab raids since 2000, most occurring in western counties. And state law enforcement officials say it’s time for federal action if they are to effectively fight the rising tide of meth use and production. It’s "a national problem and needs a national solution," Watauga County Sheriff Mark Shook told the Journal. (more…)
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