Meth Labs Are On the Rise in the Valley

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HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- This year, 12 meth labs have been dismantled in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The number of labs in our area has been going up. That's why the Rush Drug Task Force is making sure property owners know what to watch out for when it comes to finding meth labs in the Valley.

Mark Campbell, who is a special agent with the task force, says the ingredients used to make meth are pretty simple. It's an issue that he says they're struggling to keep up with locally.

"It's statewide. The focus of it was in the southern part of Virginia when it first started. Now it's starting to spread. It's just so easily available. Any of the ingredients that you see that are for processing meth or making meth can be bought at a hardware store or Walmart for $40 and buy what you need," said Campbell.

Once they find meth labs, they take the waste and store it in containers in Rockingham County until a contractor can come get rid of it safely.

Campbell adds that when they find evidence of meth production, most of the "lab" can be found in bottles. He says the thicker plastic holds up to the chemical reactions that take place to make the drug.


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