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.
"It's hard at first getting people to trust me and to believe that the exchange is legal and we are not working for the cops."
- Jessie Garner of the Fayetteville syringe exchange
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.
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.
A suspected Raleigh meth lab was busted last weekend, landing four people in jail on drug charges. Three are being held on $200,000 bond and the fourth on a $75,000 bond.
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.
Three suspects have been arrested and charged and a fourth remains at-large after they were arrested in connection with a hotel meth lab explosion. The North Carolina residents charged with methamphetamine manufacturing range in age from 22-years-old to 42-years-old, and all four have a prior criminal record including drug charges.
2010 was a record-setting year for meth busts in North Carolina. Authorities are attributing the sharp and steady rise to production process improvements made by those cooking meth.
A Morganton, North Carolina couple was placed under arrest early last week under suspicion of operating a meth lab within a daycare center. Recently, the duo had allegedly made large purchases of pseudoephedrine, automatically bringing them under intense scrutiny by local authorities due to the crucial role the drug plays in cooking methamphetamine. Both were being held on $25,000 bail as of late last week. The woman arrested in the drug bust had recently applied for a license to operate a day care center in her home, the subject of the police raid. In what is probably more than a coincidence, she received the license to operate on the very same day police descended upon the house and arrested the couple.