JULY 15, 2004 - Posted at 5:00 p.m. CDT
TRUMANN--The numbers are in and they look good for recent drug fighting efforts in
City leaders along with locals, credit law enforcement efforts to step up patrols on drug dealers and sellers. Their efforts seem to be paying off. Recent arrests have been made in motels, vehicles, homes, and rental properties all across town. Officials say it takes three separate evidence rooms to hold all the evidence.
Meth is a growing problem across much of Region 8. The drug can be made fairly easily by mixing and cooking household items which can be easily bought at most grocery stores. Police say changes in ingredients have overcome one problem which kept the drug from being made in cities. In the past a strong smell from ammonia and other ingredients was easily recognizable. Now cookers of the drug have found more efficient and less pungent ways to cook the drug.