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Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2007

Meth labs down, but importation up

Proposal requests $150K to stop drug being imported, $75K for bullet-proof vests

August 23, 2007

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— Authorities said Wednesday that the number of methamphetamine labs in Kansas has fallen drastically, but that has led to a hefty increase in imported meth.

"Unfortunately, when we have success in reducing the manufacturing of methamphetamine in our state, the demand is filled by importation, particularly from Mexico," said U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays.

Moran and officials from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation held a news conference to announce a proposal before Congress that would provide $150,000 to stop imported meth, and $75,000 to purchase new bullet-proof vests for KBI agents. The funding has been approved by the House and will be considered by the Senate.

A total of 46 meth labs have been shut down this year in Kansas, authorities said, which is much lower than previous years. In 2001, 847 labs were seized.

Last year - for the first time in at least five years - Douglas County authorities reported no meth-lab busts.

Homegrown manufacturing has been reduced because of a 2005 law that placed restrictions on cold and allergy medicines that are key ingredients in meth.

But Kyle Smith, deputy director for the KBI, said just as much meth remains on the streets, with imported meth filling the demand.

"We now need to attack the importation," he said.

The interdiction funding would go toward local authorities to pay for equipment and overtime.

"The meth problem is far from being solved," Moran said. "Methamphetamine is a fact of life in Kansas that often destroys communities, including many rural communities that I represent."

In addition to extra law enforcement, Moran said education programs about the danger of methamphetamine and treatment for addicts are key to stemming the problem.

Comments

Ragingbear 7 years, 4 months ago

Hmm. Is this meth from Brazil of 04'? Or perhaps it's from Mexico of 06'? Meth connoisseurs expected to be the end result. Now pass that over here before I stick you with one of these snails crawling on my back.

chchcherrybomb 7 years, 4 months ago

Make it legal and tax it. Now that they aren't buying cold medicine, lithium batteries, starting fluid, etc., we need to find alternate means to derive tax revenues from the meth heads.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 4 months ago

Not being cooked here is a plus. Kids end up getting exposed to the laboratory by-products, people get blowed up, etc.

shockchalk 7 years, 4 months ago

How about we try making it legal??? Illogicbound0bore thinks that's the answer to all drug-related problems! Talk about IGNORANT!

shockchalk 7 years, 4 months ago

madmike....I agree with you 100%. I'm just relaying another posters "logic" about drugs and the "ignorant" solution he spouts.

Haiku_Cuckoo 7 years, 4 months ago

The economy is so bad that even the meth manufacturing jobs are being outsourced.

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