Police: Meth labs on the rise in Louisville

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 12:21 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A fire in the Beechmont neighborhood Tuesday morning led to the 84th meth lab bust in Louisville in 2012. 

Police say Duanne Reddoch was cooking meth when the batch exploded leaving the 39-year-old with burns on 50 percent of his body. LMPD says the lure of fast money, along with relatively easily accessible ingredients like Sudafed and lithium batteries have contributed to a rise in meth production.

In 2010 LMPD busted 153 meth labs, and 84 in 2011, but Lt. Rich Pearson, the LMPD Meth Team Commander, says 2012 could be record breaking.

Pearson also says meth busts are expensive to tax payers. In addition to police, dismantling meth labs also requires the fire department, hazmat, and health department.
 

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