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Indiana meth labs hit record number

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The number of meth labs discovered in Indiana hit a record number in 2011, with 1437 such labs found around the state.  That's up from 1395 labs found in 2010.

1420 people were arrested in connection with meth labs in Indiana in 2011.  In the Indiana State Police Sellersburg District, 75 meth labs were discovered, with 64 found in the Jasper District.

Methamphetamine is highly addictive.  Those who manufacture the drug use a chemical process requiring the allergy drug Pseudoephedrine.  The most popular method of making meth is the "One Pot Method" which combines all the ingredients into bottle or jar.  Many of those ingredients can catch fire easily.

Indiana State Police say many meth labs give off a strong smell of ammonia or solvent similar to an auto body shop.  Rubber tubing, fuel cans, plastic bottles, lithium battery casings, and propane tanks are often seen around meth labs.

Police say if you see these items around a home or discarded along a roadway, you should keep away from them and contact police.

From Indiana State Police: 

Often times Meth Labs are located as a result of an anonymous tip from a neighbor or friend.  Anyone with information about illegal drug activity may call the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Tips can be anonymous.  The Indiana Meth Investigation System or "IMIS" can also take tips on Meth Labs.  Just go to and click on the "Report Suspected Meth Activity" link.

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