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.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, www.stltoday.com.

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