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This Is As Serious As Bridge Tolling, Right?

November 30th, 2010 by jake · 7 Comments

Yup. This is more than a week old. But you should actually see the data on the rise of meth labs in Kentucky.

Look at this graph from the Kentucky State Police:


There were 111 meth labs found during the month of October. The 2010 statewide total stands at more than 920. 741 meth labs were discovered in 2009.

Tags: Bad Behavior · Police

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 KYcommonsense // Nov 30, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Meth is definitely a problem. Not disputing that. And, the great men and women in law enforcement should be commended for the dangerous work they do. However, you may want to take a closer look at how they arrive at those numbers. Since methheads switched to the “one-pot” “shake and bake” method, law enforcement now counts every bottle, or “one-pot”, as an individual lab. Meaning, they find one old van with 85 bottles in the back and they claim 85 “labs” were discovered. Gives you a slightly different perspective.

  • 2 Richard Slawsky // Nov 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I heard a former police officer on Mandy Connell’s show a few weeks ago discussing this topic, and what he said gives me pause regarding these statistics.
    According to this gentleman, your run-of-the-mill meth cooker prepares his meth in a 2-liter soda bottle. When police bust a meth lab and find a bunch of soda bottles, they count each bottle as a meth lab. The result is that when they bust a location and they find 30 used soda bottles, they count that as 30 meth labs. It’s not like they are busting 30 different houses, each containing its own lab.
    I don’t normally listen to Connell’s show, but this was a day that the Snyder was at a standstill and I was stuck in traffic. I’m pretty sure I’ve described this accurately because she pressed him specifically on this point.
    Although they didn’t say this, my feeling was that then end game here was government funding. Her guest worked for a company that operates the database drugstores check when you buy Sudafed to make sure you’re not buying too much. They were arguing against a proposed law to make these types of medicines prescription-only (because of course that would hurt their business).

  • 3 Richard Slawsky // Nov 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Sorry, KYcommonsense, your post wasn’t visible when I posted my comments.

  • 4 KYcommonsense // Nov 30, 2010 at 11:48 am

    No problem. I heard Mandy’s show as well. The guests made some excellent points. Meth is a major issue people need to know all the details.

  • 5 Steve Magruder // Nov 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Also consider that with tracking of pseudoephedrine sales, police have enjoyed better clues in finding meth labs.

    Greater detection doesn’t mean more labs — it means more labs are being found.

    That along with what others here are saying shouldn’t give us any special alarm that “meth labs are on the increase! fear! fear!”.

  • 6 JeffNClifton // Nov 30, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Commonsense and Slawsky are correct. In efforts to snag $$$, KSP et al have devised a new system of “counting” meth labs that results in a dramatically higher number. Meth is indeed, a major societal problem, now entwined with issues of political and economic agendas.

  • 7 AceHat // Nov 30, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    AS always about the “spin” & the “money”