According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 1,960 methamphetamine labs were seized in Show Me State in 2010. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Director of Public Information Captain Tim Hull.

Tim Hull

Press Release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol:

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that across Missouri
methamphetamine laboratory incident seizures totaled 1,960 during 2010, a
10 percent increase from 2009, and a 53 percent increase from 2007, when
1,285 methamphetamine laboratory incident seizures occurred in the state.

“Once again, Missouri has the unfortunate distinction of being the leader
in meth lab seizures, despite the hard work of the state’s drug task forces
and all law enforcement,” said Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the
Missouri State Highway Patrol. “Meth is a deadly drug, with dangerous
consequences for all Missouri communities, including increasing other
criminal activity, and endangering the children who grow up in residences
where meth is produced and used.”

Missouri saw a drop in the number of meth lab seizures in 2006, after
anti-meth lab legislation was enacted.  However, from 2007 to 2010, the
number of meth lab incidents in Missouri has steadily increased. This rise
can be attributed to meth manufacturers circumventing laws that restrict
the legal limit purchase of pseudoephedrine.
Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient used to make meth. It is also the
only ingredient that cannot be substituted in the manufacture of
methamphetamine.

Missouri    |                       |
Methamphetamine|                       |
Laboratory   |                       |
Incident    |                       |
Seizures    |                       |
2007-2010   |                       |
—————+———————–+——————————-
Year      |Statewide lab seizures |Increase From Previous Year
—————+———————–+——————————-
2007      |         1,285         |
—————+———————–+——————————-
2008      |         1,487         |              16%
—————+———————–+——————————-
2009      |         1,774         |              19%
—————+———————–+——————————-
2010      |         1,960         |              10%

Methamphetamine laboratory incident seizures are classified into three
categories: operational/nonoperational labs, chemical/glassware/equipment
seizures, and lab dump sites. All law enforcement agencies in the state are
required to report the seizure of methamphetamine laboratories to the
Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Patrol then enters Missouri’s seizures
into the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System, which is
maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration at the El Paso
Intelligence Center (EPIC) in El Paso, Texas.

According to the El Paso Intelligence Center, the top five states for meth
lab incident seizures in 2010 were:

Missouri — 1,960 incidents
Tennessee — 1,197 incidents
Kentucky — 1,045 incidents
Mississippi — 715 incidents
Michigan — 672 incidents

Missouri also continues to provide training to certify law enforcement
officers to safely respond, investigate, and clean up meth labs. The
40-hour certification course, entitled “Hazardous Waste & Emergency
Response for Meth Labs”, is cosponsored by the Patrol and the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources.  Since the inception of this training, 21
classes have been sponsored and over 500 officers have been certified.