Lawrence County Officials Working Hard To Control Meth Epidemic

May 06, 2005 -- Posted at 9:00 P.M. CDT

Walnut Ridge, AR -- The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department takes components of a meth lab around Northeast Arkansas to explain and educate people about the dangers of meth.

Lt. Jody Dotson works for the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

He says he sees most meth labs in stages.

"Different stages produce different dangers and some of the stages produce such a fume that you couldn't do it in your house, you would have to go outside. Some of them you have to have a little heat source. Each person does there different component, and they meet and bring it all together." said Dotson.

Dotson says how extensive the punishment depends on what stage the meth lab is in.

Dotson says another form of meth is slowly making it's way into our cities and towns.

It's called ice. It can be the size of ice crystals, or the size of your thumb.

Dotson says they haven't found any ice in production in Lawrence County.

He believes it's being brought in from somewhere else.

"It's a little more expensive, but as it becomes more readily available we're going to start seeing more and more of it," said Dotson.

Dotson says meth use and production is a nationwide epidemic.

He says most of the violent crimes in the county originates from meth.

"Your child abuse comes from meth. Most of your robberies are from people trying to get money for meth," said Dotson.

In one way or another, Dotson says meth affects the whole community, but he adds it takes law enforcement teaming up with the community to reduce drug production and use here, and everywhere.