New Meth Labs Locally 11 Sep 12

Drug agents in south central Minnesota say a new way of making methamphetamine has led to a resurgence of illegal labs. Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force Veteran Agent Ginger Peterson says that portable, mobile meth kitchens are easy for manufacturers to set up and use – and difficult for drug enforcement agents to find and shut down. She says they have seen an increase in these labs in the last 2 years, with 4-6 being discovered this year alone. Three years ago there were zero meth labs found. New laws passed in 2005 made it difficult for criminals to obtain the large quantities of pseudoephedrine needed to make meth. Peterson says the one-pot method is a “whole new ballgame.” Meth can be made with only a few pseudoephedrine tablets in a 2-liter bottle in approximately 30-45 minutes.