Meth lab problem grows as cleanup money runs dry

Drug News

Sheriffs statewide have been scrambling to pay for meth lab cleanups since federal funding evaporated, shifting the burden to county taxpayers, even as a new method of making the drug fuels a boom in the number of labs authorities are finding.

Meth labs leave behind hazardous waste that costs thousands of dollars to clean up. Sheriffs have been dipping into contingency funds and forfeited drug money to pay the bills since the Drug Enforcement Administration said in February it could no longer pick up the tab.
Deputies said they are still taking down meth labs, but some warn that the lack of funding leaves authorities with hard choices and little incentive to aggressively pursue meth cooks.