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Federal Funding Cut Cripples Meth Enforcement

August 11, 2011  | 

Photo: Kory C.
Photo: Kory C.

Police and sheriff's agencies have curtailed their enforcement of methamphetamine because they can no longer afford the clean-up costs associated with the labs, concludes an investigative report by the Associated Press.

Law enforcement agencies have called off meth-busting tactics such as sending agents undercover, conducting door-to-door investigations and setting up stakeouts at pharmacies to catch people buying large amounts of cold medicine.

The cutbacks came after the Drug Enforcement Administration in February canceled a program that provided millions of dollars to help local agencies pay for the disposal of seized labs. The number of labs seized has fallen by a third in several more prominent meth-producing states and by two-thirds in Alabama.

Meth-lab cleanup can cost approximately $2,500 per lab. In the past, law enforcement agencies shouldered the bill and received reimbursement from the DEA.

Source: Associated Press via Newser

Related: DEA Cuts Off Meth-Lab Cleanup Funds (video)

Comments (7)

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Tom @ 8/11/2011 8:46 PM

No doubt our country needs to cut back on its spending but how about cutting aid to foreign countries ( israel excluded ) as a starting point?

Don @ 8/12/2011 1:45 AM

The first 'hit' is always free and once people try a controlled substance there's no turning back. To the South, there is Mexico and South America making millions of dollars off their drug exports and we have the labsters here in the US. There has to be a demand for the stuff or their wouldn't be so much illegal activity to support it, the actual smuggling and murders. Not to mention the armed robberies, theft, break ins and prostitution to support the druggies habits. It seemed like a losing battle back in the 70's and in my estimation, there doesn't appear to be any let up 40 years later...

James Bond @ 8/12/2011 8:22 AM

This is huge mistake, giving up on the drug war will just lead to more crime

Capt David @ 8/13/2011 5:21 AM

No, Isreal, included.. The 'war' on meth was not even close, lost from the beginning along with all the other drug war catagories. Some advertising hype and a go-gettum attitude for about 6 months. The war on liquor lost and so will these. Legalization should be on the table if you want more revenue.

Dave @ 8/14/2011 10:30 PM

Just say thanks to Obama.

Sgt. Jose E. Barreto @ 8/15/2011 7:54 AM

I have been in law enforcement for 27 years serving in the state of Texas. The lion share of my career have been working as a narcotics officer at the local, state and federal level. Yes, we are losing the war on Meth along all other drugs due to the inability or refusal of those holding and administrating law enforcement moneys to fully understand the enormous damage that narcotics do to our communities. I compare drug enforcement at all levels like consitently "mowing the lawn", we have allowed the dope business to grow so strong that the "grass" has become incredibly tall and powerfull, which it will require extremly drastic efforts, that at the the long run it will be an impossible task to keep the problem in check. We should renew all efforts to fight drug trafficking at all

levels in the US and go seriously after growers, manufacturers, smugglers and U.S. investors in the drug trade. As to the Meth trade concerns, I invite those curious to vistit the Taxas Hill Country and experience and observe first hand the damage cause to our communities by Mexican Meth and local clandestine labs. As of now we can not for the dismanteling of the Cland Labs in our area as; the cost to take them know has become prohibited for smal local and even large law enforcement agencies in the area.

Stan Martin @ 8/15/2011 10:46 AM

War? What war? As a state police drug task force member I was told wave a white surrender flag and look the other way. After all thugs have their protected constitutional rights, more so than the victims they abuse or kill.

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