CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia law enforcement officials are seizing methamphetamine labs at a record pace in 2013.
They have seized 200 meth labs to date, nearly approaching the 288 they shuttered in all of last year.
The Sunday Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/17fX4oa) says law enforcement is on a pace to seize about 570 labs this year, despite a new law intended to slow the proliferation of meth labs.
"It's a true public health emergency and the problem now appears to be more widespread across the state," said Dan Foster, a former state senator who sponsored legislation designed to crack down on the clandestine labs.
The size of meth labs has gotten smaller as the number of busts has spiked.
Mike Goff, a state Board of Pharmacy administrator and former state police trooper, described the new labs as "shake and bake" or "one-pot" operations.
"You used to have one guy cooking for 20 people," he said. "Now 10 of those people are cooking it for themselves."
Still, the smaller meth-making operations are just as toxic as larger, traditional labs, Goff said.