Meth Lab Arrests Increase

Murray, KY – Methamphetamine lab arrests are on the rise again in western Kentucky. In 2008, meth lab related arrests increased by 34 percent. McCracken County Sherriff John Hayden says the increase is largely due to manufacturers getting around a law passed in 2005. The law restricts access to the drug pseudoephedrine. Hayden says the manufacturers are simply contracting many people to purchase the drug used in meth production. In 2008 alone, there were 405 meth-related arrests statewide.