Indiana may set another new record for meth lab seizures this year, if current trends continue. Last year, Indiana law enforcement found 1, 346 meth labs, three more than the 1,343 meth labs it seized in 2009. By June of this year, State police had already seized 741 meth labs, a troubling sign considering those seizure reports don’t include the labs that had been seized by local police. If current trends continue, Indiana meth lab seizures may be closer to 1,500 meth labs by the end of 2011.
The cost of cleaning up those meth labs from a state perspective lies somewhere between $2,300 to $2500 for each meth lab that is seized. Since the federal government cut methlab cleanup funding earlier this year, Indiana law enforcement agencies have been working on ways to find enough money to clean up after meth-makers. One of the ideas police have discussed would make meth-makers responsible for processing and removing the meth labs they created.
Council, Jared. “Police scrimp to fund clean up of illicit meth labs”. Evansville Courier and Press. 30 July 2011. Web. 30 July 2011