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Friday, December 28, 2012

Meth Labs Move to the City

The production methamphetamine has become easier to make as a result of new techniques where by almost anyone can produce the lethal drug. Techniques known to authorities as the “shake and bake” or “one pot” methods have become extremely popular amongst cooks and as a result the labs have moved from the country to the city, according to the Associated Press.

Methamphetamine lab seizures have tripled in some major metropolitan areas across the country. Law enforcement officials are more than concerned about the change of venue as it may be an indication of much more to come.  

St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., Nashville, Tennessee, and Evansville, Indiana have all seen a increase in meth lab seizures in the past few years. This new trend has caught the eyes of dangerous street gangs in those areas, prompting them to open their own production centers.

"No question about it — there are more labs in the urban areas," said Tom Farmer, coordinator of the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force. "I'm seeing car fires from meth in urban areas now, more people getting burned."

On top of the meth labs popping up in major cities, authorities also have to contend with Mexican "super labs," which have increased production, making meth more pure and less expensive, and then using existing drug pipelines in big cities.

Methamphetamine is the most corrosive drug the human body has ever come into contact with. The long term side-effects of using meth are still being determined due to the fact that the drug is still in its infancy when compared to other hard drugs.  

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