The crackdown on meth labs in the US has made a difference, but only a small dent in the larger problem. Today, massive amounts of methamphetamine are smuggled into the US and more people than ever are using the drugs.
Last year, David Trawick was arrested for cooking meth near his Marshville home. This year, Trawick is in jail again, along with his wife and two other women after sheriff's deputies reportedly uncovered another meth cooking operation, this time inside Trawick's home. Trawick is the less famous, but possibly more infamous, brother of country singer Randy Travis.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's office received a tip about suspicious activity at a home on Biggerstaff Road that turned out to be a meth lab, according to investigators. Authorities in protective gear removed what was noted as volatile materials used in making meth from the home.
As many as 20 percent of all meth labs are discovered when a fire breaks out or an explosion occurs and that's exactly how Rock Hill law enforcement was alerted to a meth lab at a local motel. Meth 'chef' Ronnie Brady was cooking meth in his Rock Hill Motel room when he set off an explosion that burned the beds and tv set.
Law enforcement officers in Caldwell County say they were tipped off to a possible meth lab by purchases of ephedrine-containing products and meth-making paraphernalia in the trash of a local man. That man, Marc Hodges, was on a trip to Cozumel, Mexico with his girlfriend when police secured a warrant to search his home and found additional evidence that he was manufacturing meth.
As the number of meth labs continues to grow throughout North Carolina - six methamphetamine labs have been busted in Wake County and 13 in Johnston County this year - law makers are looking at new ways to limit access to key ingredients. On the table for consideration in 2013 is requiring a prescription for cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine.