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Police Worry About Possible New Methamphetamine Wave

PASCO, Wash.- The Tri-City Metro Drug Task force has significantly reduced meth labs in the area, but now, they are worried about a new wave.

They say the same cookers they jailed years ago are now being released, and could go back to their old habits.

The task force says the drug's addictive nature leaves old cookers susceptible to picking up right where they left off.

Most cookers are also users, and police worry this could trigger a new wave, said Captain Jim Raymond of the Pasco Police Department and a member of the Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force.

Raymond said they have reduced the number of labs statewide by about 80%, and does not want a new fight to begin.

Meth is considered the number one drug of abuse in America today.