Meth Labs Down, But Drug Still Streaming Into Washington State
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Police are finding fewer methamphetamine labs across Washington State, but there's no shortage of the drug. Law enforcement agencies cracking down on meth cooks and new laws preventing drug makers from getting the supplies to make meth are decreasing the number of labs across the state, but now, more of the drug is being shipped into the U.S. from Mexico and South America along heroin and cocaine drug supply routes. "We haven't seen any decrease in the amount of meth that we see on the street. Whether it's when we arrest someone for other criminal offenses we see quite a bit of meth in possession of people. We also see a lot still in the delivery and larger quantities so that hasn't decreased at all," said Sgt. Jesse Mill of the Kennewick Police Department. Some prosecutors are also getting tougher about putting meth manufacturers behind bars, but the drug is still finding its way into the hands of users.