Thursday, May 16, 2013

Charleston's county easily leads W.Va. in meth-lab busts, much more than population would suggest

The West Virginia county that lies near the center of the state and contains its capital has become the state's hub of methamphetamine labs. Kanawha County, with a mix of rural and urban population that is the state's largest, has had 113 meth-lab seizures this year, almost 100 more than the next highest county, with 14, reports Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette. (WOWK-TV image: Scene from a meth-lab bust this week in Kanawha County.)

Ten percent of the state lives in the Kanawha County, but 54 percent of this year's meth lab seizures were in the county, notes Eyre. Most of the busts were in the small towns of Clendenin (population 1,200), Elkview (1,200), St. Albans (11,000) and Sissonville (4,000). (Read more)

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