We thought we had heard just about everything when it comes to meth busts. But what happened in southeast Missouri is a topper.
A man was arrested when he tried to conceal a bottle filled with a boiling mix of methamphetamine in his coat pocket!
The vehicle had been stolen in Tennessee. Officers returned to the residence and found two meth labs and drugs packaged for sale. Charges are pending.
Then there’s the story about officials in Cape Girardeau County who made a decision to close a portion of a dead-end gravel road out of concern that people were driving there to make meth, then dumping the dangerous waste.
Meth makers in recent years have increasingly turned to so-called “shake-and-bake” meth, which is made by mixing the volatile ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle, rather than in an elaborate lab inside a home or garage.
We have a meth epidemic in the state and nation. We hear complaints about the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. What is the meth epidemic cost in arresting, convicting, incarcerating, medical expenses, rehab and drug courts? Also, there are crimes committed by meth heads and there is property damage by them. The total cost is staggering.