Meth Labs Down

By: Stuart Peck
By: Stuart Peck

Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force Director, Tommy Loving, said methamphetamine labs like the one found on Freeport Road Friday morning are becoming less and less common. Statistics show that the number of meth labs in Warren county has dropped significantly since the institution of the psuedophedrine law in 2005.

According to Loving the decrease is very positive because of how dangerous it is for people to make meth and for law enforcement to clean up discovered labs.

"We've gone in apartments, homes and mobile home in the past and found children actually playing in the area where all those dangerous chemicals are being used to manufacture meth."

Loving said Kentucky's legislature added new laws in 2005 which would give people found exposing children to meth or a meth lab a larger prison sentence.

Even though the drug task force is seeing a decrease in meth labs, Loving said law enforcement is seeing an increase in the use of other illegal drugs.

"What we're seeing locally is our numbers of cases of crack cocaine seems to be going back up. It never did go away, it did go down some, now it seems to be coming back up. We're looking at the possibility that some of the meth addicts are switching to crack or other drugs."

Loving says in addition to cocaine, crystal meth from Mexico is becoming a more common drug in Warren County. A recent article in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" reported two drug busts in August that nabbed over 500 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, a sign of the growing problem.

Loving said if you suspect someone may be producing meth near you, you should call Crimestoppers at 781-clue or the drug task force at 781-drug.

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