Police get better at finding drug production sites

A record number of methamphetamine labs were discovered in Johnson County last year, as police have gotten better at spotting signs that the drug is being made and tracking down the people making it.

Police found 25 meth labs in Johnson County in 2012, the highest among all counties in central Indiana, and more than 1,700 statewide, according to Indiana State Police statistics.

Both numbers were records, and part of the increase is because police can more easily recognize the signs of a meth lab, including chemical smells and empty cold medicine packaging. Residents are making more methamphetamine because they can more easily make the drug in small amounts and with items they can buy at local stores.

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