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Meth Lab Seizures Down Significantly

1.8.15 – Rachel Snyder, The Duncan Banner

Legislation regulating the sale of pseudoephedrine in Oklahoma has drastically reduced the number of meth labs seized in 2014, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics said Wednesday.

Last year,  177 meth labs were busted across Oklahoma compared with 410 the previous year and 830 in 2012, he said.

Woodward said one of the labs seized in 2014 was in Stephens County. The previous year, there were no meth labs discovered in the county, he said.

That doesn’t mean meth abuse isn’t still a significant problem in Oklahoma, Woodward said.

“Nine-five, ninety-eight percent of the meth in Oklahoma comes from Mexican cartels,” he said. “Northern Oklahoma and the Tulsa area used to have meth labs, but Western Oklahoma used primarily crystal meth from Mexico.”

This is the second year the number of meth lab incidents has dropped by half since an anti-meth initiative was signed into law.

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