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Missouri no longer leads nation in meth busts

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ST. LOUIS, Mo (KTVI) – Last year Missouri did not lead the nation in methamphetamine busts. This is the first time in more than a decade that the state did not take the lead in meth – it dropped to No. 3 behind Indiana and Tennessee, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Missouri Highway Patrol’s numbers indicate the number of labs, glassware and chemical seizures of meth dropped 25 percent from 2012 to 2013. Jefferson County has consistently reported high numbers of meth seizures, but last year the county saw a 35 percent drop.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that changes in enforcement approaches and new laws may have caused the statistics to drop. Cpl. Chris Hoffman leads the Jefferson County Municipal Enforcement Group, a drug task force. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the task force has recently gone after larger-scale labs instead of smaller labs. That difference could affect the state’s annual statistics.

Law enforcement are also investigating more heroin cases and cases involving synthetic and prescription drugs.

Earlier in March, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported a seizure of 95 meth labs just outside Mountain Grove, Missouri. The drug raid was believed to be a record for a single seizure in Missouri.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,


  • Amy B. Jordan

    Good news! MO no longer tops the nation in meth busts.
    Sadly, is ranked 15th worst for pollution, and STL still sweeps 1st place for two STDs and, whatever way you cut it (city vs county) has a disproportionately high murder rate. Oh, and is rated by WebMD as one of the worst cities for allergies.
    But at least we’re not as bad off as the Metro East, because those IL folks are suffering all those same conditions, but are paying the 2nd highest property taxes in the country to boot. Go Cards!

  • rose

    Yes Amy,GO CARDS!! STL Cardinals is a top contending baseball team with true loyal fans, including me. Just hope the high crime rate does not defer fans from the stadium, especially night games. No time for Ballpark Village, got to get out of dodge, while getting is good, with the crowd. Glad somebody knocked us out of first place with the Meth Labs!!!!

  • Martha Turner

    This is about the ones busted. What about the ones not busted Jefferson county Washington county, Iron, and St Francios county are still full of meth labs. The cops are turning their heads unless they can bust them and flip them for something bigger to bust.

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