Number of meth lab busts down in MO, more drugs made out of coun - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Number of meth lab busts down in MO, more drugs made out of country

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Some people call Missouri the Methamphetamine capital of the world, but recent numbers from law enforcement may say otherwise.

Numbers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol show meth lab busts across the state are down.

They say that is not because there are less users but rather meth made outside the U.S. is becoming cheaper and easier to get.

Many counties are seeing more than a 50 percent decrease in lab busts.

Troopers say the SEMO Drug Task Force seized 59 meth labs in 2013. Through August 2014, they have closed 16.

Click here for 2013 and 2014 meth lab bust numbers by county.

A trooper, who asked his identity be concealed, said fewer labs means safer conditions for everyone.

"To be quite honest with you, I would be happy if I never had to work another meth lab again because they're dangerous. All the chemicals and stuff that come with it, it's just a nightmare," the SEMO Drug Task Force agent said.

He said lab explosions and toxic chemical leaks are common with meth production putting those, including the public, around the lab at risk.

Law enforcement officials say Mexican cartels have established stronger shipping routes into Missouri and many other states.

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