Meth Lab Numbers up 400 Percent in W.Va. Since '08

By: West Virginia AP Email
By: West Virginia AP Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The number of reported methamphetamine labs in West Virginia has jumped more than 400 percent since 2008.

The coordinator of the state's Clandestine Drug Lab Remediation Program attributes the increase to the ease of manufacturing the drug. Brandon Lewis tells WSAZ-TV ( ) that the process once took days. Now it takes about an hour.

Lewis says the number of reported meth labs in the state has increased from 50 in 2008 to 271 in 2012. Already this year, 40 meth labs have been reported.

He says many of the suspects are repeat offenders. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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