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Report: Ind. Had Most Meth Lab Busts In 2013

Posted On April 01, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

2808709.jpg(Undated) - Indiana led the nation in meth lab seizures for 2013, according to a new report.

States report their meth lab seizure statistics to the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System. Nationally, there were 11,573 laboratories, chemical or equipment seizures and dumpsites found last year, or about 1,400 fewer than the previous year.

Indiana was home to 1,797 such discoveries in 2013, up by 82 from 2012 to take the top spot from Missouri.

Indiana was followed in the top five states by Tennessee (1,616), Missouri (1,496), Ohio (1,010), and Illinois (673).

While Indiana and other states have passed laws in recent years to limit the sale of meth’s key ingredient: pseudoephedrine. However, cooks are finding ways around the laws, including a method called “smurfing” where several people are sent out to purchase pseudoephedrine separately, but pool their purchases together for a larger batch.

A larger number of labs being busted may not be a completely bad sign, however. Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section Commander Niki Crawford attributed the increase to better policing and partnerships with communities.

Earlier this year, Indiana State Police released their annual report on meth lab seizures in the state. The report included statistics for each county.