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Kentucky meth busts setting records; enforcement money drying up

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Methamphetamine lab busts are running at a record pace in Kentucky, but a crucial supply of federal money tapped by law enforcement to clean up the hazardous drug-making operations has run dry.

The recent cutoff of federal money to help dispose of the potentially explosive materials has put Kentucky State Police in a financial pinch while combating a spike in meth production. Until new funding is found, the cleanups will be absorbed in the state police budget.

State police Maj. Tony Terry says the loss of federal funding couldn't come at a worse time.

Kentucky law enforcement seized 1,080 meth labs last year, a record for the state. So far this year, the Kentucky busts are up nearly 20 percent from a year ago, state police said.

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