Breaking Good: Local narcotics team gains traction as it grapples with meth 'epidemic'

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 04:02 PM.

 

Cracking down

There are several different methods of manufacturing meth, or methamphetamine. The two most common in Walton County is red phosphorus and the one-pot method. The red phosphorus method, which contains iodine and the red phosphorus from matches, is slightly easier to catch. The Drug Enforcement Administration already regulates iodine crystals as part of the Controlled Substance Act.

"When people are buying iodine by the gallon, that's a red flag," he said. "Two-ounces could last 10 years in a household. It's just a matter of education, but nobody knew what to look for."

Then the one-pot method came about, a simple way to cook meth in plastic soda or water bottles, often called the “shake and bake” method.

"The drug is very cheap to make and you can find the necessary items easily," he said.

In 2005, Congress took action against the growing number of meth labs by limiting the amount of the main ingredient, pseudoephedrine, that can be purchased. The ingredient is found in over-the-counter cold and sinus medicines. However, individuals found a way around it by enlisting someone else to purchase the meds.



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