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September 29, 2013

OUR VIEW: LPD wages new fight in meth war

In 2008, the Logansport Police Department busted nine methamphetamine labs in the city. The number has risen every year since then, except for a drop in 2011.

So far this year, the department has found 18 labs. That’s already double the 2008 number, and we have still have three months to go to close out the year. Clearly, meth is a problem.

Cass County ranks 17th in the state for numbers of meth labs discovered, seized and dismantled.

The fallout of the growing meth production can easily be seen. If nothing else, just open the paper. Barely a day goes by that we don’t publish a meth arrest in the police reports.

Clearly, it’s not a problem that’s going away anytime soon, and LPD knows that. The department has formed a Meth Suppression Unit to fight the scourge on our city known as meth.

The unit will consist of four officers who will conduct investigations regarding meth-related offenses by following up on citizen complaints and maintaining communication with local pharmacies, hardware stores and other related businesses that sell items that can be used to manufacture meth.

The war on drugs isn’t a new battle for LPD. Earlier this year, we reported on local law enforcement agencies teaming up with the Indiana Department of Child Services to crack down on drug use in households with children. That effort came about because a growing number of children were found to be living around the site of drug activity. Living in these environments exposes them to danger due to the drugs and the chemicals, which have led to explosions.

The Meth Suppression Unit, however, is a new way of fighting in this war. A big part of the new strategy is communication. Without the public’s help, there’s only so much this new unit will be able to accomplish. That’s why Police Chief Mike Clark is asking the public to be the department’s eyes and ears.

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