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Ohio Meth Labs on the Rise
COLUMBUS (Yolanda Harris/Kate Liebers) -- Meth labs are on the rise in Central Ohio and the cooking process is faster than ever, according to criminal investigators.
Drug agents have seized 881 meth labs so far this year, according to a report released by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. The figure represents a 45-percent increase since 2012.
More than ever, the seized labs are portable.
Just over the weekend, for example, Ohio Department of Natural Resources rangers at Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway County appended a woman, Angel Jane, for having a portable meth lab in her car.
Authorities have said these types of labs are the most dangerous ways to make the drug, and that they are seeing it more and more in rural Ohio.
"Essentially what they've done is taken a three-hour procedure and condensed it to a 25- to 30-minute procedure," BCI Agent Supervisor Scott Duff said. "By doing so, they've created a volatile way to make meth."
The "shake and bake" technique often involves stuffing the ingredients in a 32-oz Gatorade jug, Duff said.
Summit County topped BCI's list of most meth lab operations in the state. Fairfield, Ross, Pickaway and Perry counties were in the top twenty.