Police Still Fighting Growing Meth Problems in Region 8

Paragould, AR -- (KAIT) "That's been the brunt of my work, and I know anybody else that works in Narcotics--it's meth. That's what we deal with, that's what we're flooded with, said Scott Pillow.  Pillow is a special agent with Arkansas State Police, Troop C.

"It's a problem that's not going away either. In fact, those who investigate meth labs say they've noticed a spike in a relatively new meth manufacturing method.

"This method here, you don't have to have all of the traditional components you used to have. What you have to buy I guess is not as suspicious," said Pillow.

It's a one pot method of making meth--also referred to as shake and bake meth. Everything a maker needs to manufacture meth can be done in one container. Officials say it's less complicated to make, but just as dangerous to the makers and users. It's another weapon drug makers use against law enforcement in the war on drugs.

"We get one thing figured out and by the time we get comfortable with that and know what we're looking at, we're on to something else," said Pillow.

Due to it's mobility and less complicated manufacturing process, some law enforcement agents say it's a bit harder to find these mobile meth labs and prosecute those responsible for making it.

"Sure, we've slowed it down. Legislation and lawmakers have done things that have slowed it down for us. We can slow it down, but I don't see any stopping it anytime soon," said Pillow.