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September 29, 2013

OUR VIEW: LPD wages new fight in meth war

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“We can’t be everywhere at once,” he told us.

By opening the lines of communication with the public and the businesses that sell precursors, the department can learn the whereabouts of the meth labs and who’s operating them. You can’t shut something down if you can’t find it. These labs are what’s fueling the problem and must be eradicated.

The Legislature has tried to hinder meth production by limiting access to pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of meth. But many makers have skirted the system with “smurfs,” or groups of people who collect pseudoephedrine from multiple stores to supply a single cooker. As more limitations are put on the amount of pseudoephedrine that can be purchased, these smurf groups continue to grow.

The innovation of meth makers has hindered efforts to stop the spread, but we feel the forward-thinking actions of LPD will serve the city well in solving the problem. But it won’t be cheap.

Police officials say the new unit will require a “very large” financial commitment to accommodate for the overtime and attainment of new investigative tools like vehicles, uniforms and surveillance equipment.

It’s a commitment we need to make.

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