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Methamphetamine is still the most abused street drug in Yuba County, but methamphetamine labs essentially have been eradicated.

Last month, a TV station published a report stating Marysville leads the state in meth labs. It quickly made the social media rounds.

“That’s not true,” said Martin Horan, commander of NET-5, a bi-county anti-drug and gang taskforce. “There is definitely a problem with the use of meth and the sale of meth. But as far as methamphetamine laboratories, since 2012, we’ve handled two meth labs in Yuba-Sutter.”

Laws limiting the sale of pseudoephedrine in 2005 were effective in combating and drastically reducing the number of labs throughout the state. Meth in Yuba-Sutter is primarily sourced now through trafficking from mega-labs in Mexico, or a few in the Central Valley, Horan said.

Media reports that Marysville leads the state in meth were based on a Drug Enforcement Administration database of chemicals and dump sites identified as related to methamphetamine labs since 2004. The DEA warns it does not verify the accuracy of the database.

The television news story was inaccurate for a few reasons.

Eighteen out of 25 addresses listed in the DEA database as Marysville are not in the city of Marysville. And the locations listed in Yuba County were identified as clandestine methamphetamine labs or dump sites for lab materials between 2004 and 2007 and have since been cleaned up or cleared.

Those addresses listed could have been small production sites in a trunk or a garage, or a location where a few items were found, officials said. Some were labs in residential homes. Those, for the most part, have been cleaned up.

Officials with the Yuba County Environmental Health Department identified 14 sites that required some major clean-up after the discovery of a meth lab to assure occupancy was safe. Clean-up of identified lab sites, with oversight by county health officials, was required only after 2006.

Often, cabinets and flooring had to be removed, or the structure was demolished. Some of the sites were houses, trailers, mobile homes, sheds and garages.

There are two or three buildings still listed as contaminated, county officials said. There is an indication on the title of those properties, so any prospective buyer or lender knows about the status.

“We’ve come a long way since legislation in 2006,” said Tej Maan, director of Environmental Health. “Families (were) moving into homes who didn’t know the history. Now, they don’t have to worry about it.”








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