Crack Down On Meth Paying Off

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated May 4, 2007 at 6:58 PM EDT

Scenes like this have become pretty familiar for police.

In February 2006, ingredients used to make meth turned up at a home that caught fire in Binghamton.

But Friday, new laws and tougher enforcement are keeping this drug problem in check.

"I think we'll see some back, but I think we've been able to effectively slow down the meth production," says Lt. Patrick Isenburg of the Broome County Sheriff's Office.

Last year, police discovered almost a dozen meth labs in Broome County.

But so far this year, they've found none.

And it's part of a trend seen across the state.

The number of New York's meth labs spiked in 2003, especially in Tioga County.

"We had an extremely large number of meth labs, meth investigations we did have, but since that year on, fortunately we've seen a decrease," says Tioga Sheriff's investigator Dan Eicklor

Eiklor says a number of things caused the decline.

Police stepped up enforcement.

And recent laws limited access to over the counter cold medicines.

They contain ingredients used to make meth.

Police say meth is popular drug in this area, because labs can be hidden in rural, wooded areas.

So police also rely on public tips to tackle the issue.

"They've given us information, possible some have checked out, public awareness has been a tremendous asset," says Eiklor.

Pennsylvania is seeing similar results.

Bradford County Sheriff Steven Evans believes tough enforcement has meth makers worried.

And meth lab busts like this one are heading down there too.

A trend police hope to keep going.

New York state keeps track of meth labs found by police.

Despite declining numbers, Tioga County still leads.

36 meth labs have been discovered there since 1999.

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