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KBI: Rise in meth labs not as bad as it sounds

Published on -5/7/2012, 2:44 PM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a dramatic increase in the number of methamphetamine labs in the state is not as alarming as it sounds.
The KBI says meth manufacturing cases increased 43 percent between 2010 and 2011 — from 143 in 2010 to 204 last year.
Deputy KBI Director Kyle Smith says the increase is partly due to changes in how reports are counted.
And he says the operations uncovered last year were “one-pot” operations involving small amounts of methamphetamine.
And Smith told The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/JOY8mh ) the number of meth labs isn’t close to the 600 to 800 that were being found every year in the early 2000s. He credited the passage of a 2005 law restricting the sale of pseudoephedrine medicines for the decrease.
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