2013 A Record Year For Meth Labs In Ind.
By Mike Perleberg
(Versailles, Ind.) – Two dozen meth labs were discovered and dismantled by police in the southeast Indiana Eagle 99.3 listening area in 2013.
The Indiana Methamphetamine Investigation System, a state agency, released its 2013 statistics for meth labs handled by the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team. The report shows 1,808 meth labs were found statewide, 82 more than 2012.
The 2013 figure is a record since the lab incidents were first tracked in 1991. The figure also marks nearly a 64 percent increase in labs since 2008. According to state police, Indiana may likely be first in the country in 2013 for clandestine lab incidents.
Locally, Ripley County had the most meth labs with 13 during the year. Franklin County had four, Dearborn and Switzerland counties with three each, and Ohio County just one.
But not for beyond our region, the problem is far more apparent. Decatur County was home to 41 meth lab incidents – 10th most in the state – while Jennings County reported 23.
Statewide, 440 children were identified in meth lab environments investigated by Indiana State Police, up by 68 from 2012.
The skyrocketing numbers come despite more restrictions being placed on the purchase of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in manufacturing the drug, state police said.
You can report suspected meth activity anonymously online at www.meth.in.gov or by calling the Meth Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756.
The Indiana Methamphetamine Investigation System’s 2013 statistics can be viewed at http://www.in.gov/meth/2330.htm.