Police: meth is growing trend

Posted: 20th June 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Police said the alleged methamphetamine lab  discovered at a Norfolk home on June 18 was nothing elaborate — the suspects allegedly used a method called “shake and bake” by mixing some household chemicals in an empty soda bottle to produce the drug.

“People are actually using the internet and they’re experimenting with this kind of, making labs and stuff, and sometimes they don’t make it correctly,” Shawn Ellerman with the Drug Enforcement Agency said. “And as you know, explosions and stuff like that are common occurrences.”

According to the DEA, local and federal officials have busted meth labs at nine different locations in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake in the first five months of 2012.

There have also been “shake and bake” labs discovered in  neighboring northeastern North Carolina.   There is a less official trend associated with meth labs, like the one found in Norfolk on June 18. More and more children are being found living at home-based labs.

“People unfortunately that are, two things: hooked on the narcotic and it’s a very lucrative deal,” Ellerman said. “[It’s] a lucrative business.”

According to the Department of Justice, in 2002, there were more than 15,000 meth lab related incidents the United States. Those incidents involved more than 2,000 children present in homes where labs were found.   26 of those kids were injured and two were killed.

The two-year-old found at the house in Norfolk on June 18 was turned over to child protective services.






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