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Meth Lab Busts Decline in Arkansas

DECEMBER 1, 2006 - Posted at 11:38 a.m. CST


LITTLE ROCK, AR - A new government report on methamphetamine abuse say the number of meth lab busts in Arkansas have dropped by 48 percent from a year ago.  But that does not mean there has been a sharp decline in the use of the illegal stimulant.

The report by the White House offers a state-by-state survey.

Arkansas officials say changes in the law to make it more difficult to obtain chemicals needed to make methamphetamine are among the reasons for the decline in the number of labs.

Major Cleve Barfield of the Arkansas State Police says that as in-state production of the drug declined, imports from Mexico started turning up.

Officials say that even though they are seeing fewer labs, arrests for possession are about the same.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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