After busting 163 meth labs a decade ago, Franklin County investigators are on a pace to bust fewer than 20 this year. But, the head of the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit says that doesn’t mean fewer people are using methamphetamine.
Franklin County is one of the top meth-producing counties in the top meth-producing state in the nation, but that appears to be changing.
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It was the second straight year of decline, but experts said it could just be a blip and it’s too early to tell if there’s a trend to explain the drop.
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“Part of that inspection will be certainly examining to make sure there were no meth problems there,” Faith said.
“Smurfing” involves people buying cold and allergy medicines containing the pseudoephedrine and selling them to meth makers.
Missouri has passed increasingly stringent laws over the past decade in an effort to control medications that contain pseudoephedrine.
In 2010, there were 53 meth lab busts in St. Louis County; last year there were 60. However, this year the number has topped 100.
Key is a new type of pseudoephedrine from which cannot be extracted.