September 15, 2003 -- Posted at 7:49 a.m. CDT
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.. --Police are working to nab methamphetamine manufacturers on the roads.
It is becoming more common for meth makers to abandon home-based drug labs for mobile versions stashed in car trunks. Police say the mobile labs can explode while on the highways. Narcotics investigators say drug producers were forced to take their labs from homes and apartments when police started obtaining search warrants for the residences.
Now, mobile labs are set up in forests, parking lots and motel rooms. The makers create the illegal stimulant as they go, and ditch their equipment when they sense police are near.
State police say some people manufacture the drug while they are driving around. Major Mitch Carolan coordinates the Arkansas State Police's methamphetamine unit near Fort Smith.
He says he's found 60 labs in vehicles so far this year.