Vanderburgh County No. 1 for meth labs in state

Delaware County takes second place

INDIANAPOLIS - Vanderburgh County leads the state for meth labs found this year, according to numbers released Monday by the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit.

Police said 65 labs had been dismantled in Vanderburgh County through the end of July, giving it the lead over Delaware and Madison Counties, number two and three, respectively.

Lt. Tom Dujmovich, commander of ISP's Pendleton Post, said he's dedicated a team of troopers to look for labs in the district since the beginning of the year. Delaware and Madison Counties both fall within the Pendleton District.

“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," Dujmovich said.

Units continue to check pseudoephedrine logs at businesses, and follow up on tips received. Often times Meth Labs are found as a result of an anonymous tip from a neighbor or friend.

Signs to look for Meth manufacturing are a strong ammonia smell, or solvent smell like an auto body shop. Look for airline type rubber tubing, ether or camp fuel cans, plastic bottles, Pseudoephedrine packages, lithium battery casings, and propane tanks with a blue or green discoloration around the valve. The chemicals are highly explosive and fumes are toxic to breath and will damage internal organs.

Anyone with information about illegal drug use may call the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Tips can be made anonymously.

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