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Missouri State Highway Patrol: Meth Lab Seizures Up From 2010

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that across Missouri methamphetamine laboratory incident seizures totaled 2,096 during 2011, an increase of more than six percent from 2010.

Missouri saw a drop in the number of meth lab seizures in 2006 after anti-meth lab legislation was enacted.

However, from 2007 to 2011, the number of meth lab incidents in Missouri has increased steadily. This rise can be attributed in part 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 2007-2011

                               Statewide

   Year             lab seizures

2007 …………………….. 1,285

2008 …………………….. 1,487

2009 …………………….. 1,774

2010 …………………….. 1,960

2011 …………………….. 2,096

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.

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, 37 classes have been sponsored and over 1,000 persons have been certified.

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