Ohio authorities getting more meth lab calls

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorney General Mike DeWine says law enforcement officials in Ohio are responding to a record number of calls about methamphetamine lab operations.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (cin.ci/14zs14Y) that DeWine says the increase can be attributed to more aggressive law enforcement and also having more labs.

Authorities have found 770 meth labs in Ohio since October. The current fiscal year ends Sept. 30, but this year's total is up from 607 in 2012 and 375 in 2011. The state's crime lab started keeping statistics in 2005.

DeWine says 95 percent of the meth labs are so-called one-pot labs, where chemicals are mixed in soda or sports drink bottles. It's cheaper and less complicated.

He says agents from the crime lab teach community courses on identifying the signs of a meth lab.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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