Meth Lab Stats
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#1 May 14, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Kanawha County has reported eight times as many methamphetamine lab seizures as any other county in West Virginia so far this year, according to data released Tuesday by the State Police.
Kanawha led the state with 113 meth lab busts. Cabell County was the next highest with 14, followed by Mason County with 11, Randolph and Jackson counties with nine each, Lewis County at seven, and Wood County with five meth lab seizures.
In Kanawha County, law enforcement officers are finding the bulk of illegal labs in Clendenin, Elkview, St. Albans and Sissonville.
Kanawha County, with 10 percent of the state's population, had 56 percent of meth labs seized in West Virginia so far this year.
#2 May 15, 2013
Kanawha County Sheriff Johnny Rutherford said the county has more law enforcement agencies located here -- the sheriff's office, multiple municipal police forces, the Metro Drug Enforcement Network Team and the State Police headquarters -- than other counties. So it makes sense that Kanawha County would have more lab seizures, he said.
"The smaller counties don't always have the resources to find those labs," Rutherford said.
It only makes sense that more would be busted here, considering there are actually enough law enforcement employed in the county to investigate and bust these idiots.
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