Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel has called mobile meth labs the largest problem in his county. He ties their growing prevalence to synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” being removed from store shelves, but his beliefs aren’t substantiated.
According to Wane.com, the Drug Enforcement Agency actually reports meth lab seizures as declining over the past few years, with 186 in 2009, 195 in 2010, 2011 in 2011, and 38 through March of 2012.
It could be that mobile meth labs are on the rise in Huntington County but falling elsewhere throughout the state.
Last week, officers found an active lab in the backseat of a vehicle stopped in a traffic stop on Hwy. 24. The meth was still bubbling when they disposed of the lab. Three were arrested in that stop.
In the eight days preceding the Wane.com article, seven people were arrested for meth-related charges, whether for possession or manufacturing.
Mobile meth labs allow users and dealers to cook their meth on the go, avoiding suspicion from neighbors if they were to cook the drugs in their home. When the batch is done, they can simply throw the trash on the side of the road and keep moving.
Officials warn people to watch out for 2 liter bottles that look like they have a white resin around them.
Meth is a very dangerous drug, but one that is relatively inexpensive and easy to get a hold of, particularly when you make it yourself. But, the penalties you face if arrested with meth can be quite serious.
Even possession of less than 3 grams is considered a felony charge. You don’t have to be a drug dealer or even a meth manufacturer to become a convicted felon. Possession of meth is a charge that can haunt you for years to come.
It’s partly the cheap nature of this drug that pulls people in, that and the intense high. For someone who started taking a few prescription pills now and then, meth provides an intense and dangerous high at a fraction of the cost.
If you are accused of a meth offense, whether you were making it yourself or just had a little for personal use, you need someone on your side fighting for your best interests. Contact our offices today to discuss your case and how we might be able to help.