INDIANAPOLIS - Delaware County led the state in meth lab seizures with a total of 42 through April of this year, according to numbers released by the Indiana State Police.
The county, which includes Muncie, Yorktown and Albany, had nearly double the amount of seizures of Allen County, which took a trailing second place with 21 labs seized. Elkhart and Vanderburgh Counties tied for third with 20 labs seized each.
Look through the chart below to see meth numbers for Indiana's top 20 counties:
Delaware Co. has seen a large spike in meth lab seizures since 2010, when only seven were recovered. In 2012, 62 labs were seized, and in 2013 state police recovered 109 labs in the county.
Part of that increase is due to increased staffing on state police meth suppression units. In 2013, Pendleton Post Commander Lt. Tom Dujmovich, whose purview includes Delaware County, dedicated a team of troopers to meth lab suppression.
"Part of the reason for the spike in lab numbers in our district this year is due to the dedication and hard work of our Meth Suppression Squad, along with the close working relationship they have with local law enforcement agencies and county prosecutors," Dujmovich.
Statewide, lab seizures are down 18 percent from the same period last year. Police have recovered 527 labs so far this year, versus 642 during the same period in 2013. Last year a record number of more than 1800 labs were seized.
See the chart below for meth lab seizures for every county in Indiana through April of this year:
Cops Cycling for Survivors finishes 1k-mile ride
For the last two weeks, a group of Hoosiers has been biking across Indiana in support of the families of law enforcement officers killed in…
PHOTOS: Pokemon Go meetup at White River Park
Pokemon Go players gathered at White River State Park Saturday for a day of fun and Pokemon catching.
Kyle Busch takes Brickyard 400 pole
Kyle Busch will try to defend his Brickyard 400 win from the pole Sunday.
Could Indy host the next GOP convention?
After the GOP's big political party in Cleveland, Hoosiers are now asking whether Indianapolis could play host to the Republican National…
IMPD desperately trying to solve two cold cases
IMPD Sgt. Shawn Looper is no stranger to homicides – and as one of the city's top homicide detectives, he's often the one…