A DEA report updated in March 2008 says that meth has been named the number one drug threat in Alabama for the second year in a row. They also say that the number of meth labs in the state have decreased due to the restriction of the sale of psuedoephedrine. Meth, however, is still the most significant threat to Alabama because Mexican drug trafficking organizations have stepped up their supply of meth in the state. The meth being found in Alabama, according to the DEA, is a purer form of the drug called “ice”, that is coming in to the state by Mexican DTOs from Mexico and Texas. It is also being brought in to Alabama through independent dealers in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mobile - By June 2008, the Mobile Alabama Sherriff’s Office reported they had made 17 meth lab busts, which would put them on pace to meet or exceed the 33 meth labs they busted in 2007.
Talladega County drug agents have found 70 of the “one-pot” or “shake and bake” meth labs between October 2007 and May 2008. In all of 2007, they found 45 meth labs.
DeKalb County drug agents found 26 labs by May 2008. In 2007, they found 38 in all.
Calhoun and Cleburne counties also reported they found more meth labs in the first three months of 2008, than they found in all of 2007.