Gov. Blunt seeks to stem meth production
January 24, 2005
JEFFERSON CITY - Honoring a campaign pledge he made last September, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt recently announced that he has secured bipartisan support in the Missouri General Assembly of legislation that will halt the supply source of methamphetamine labs.

The bill being drafted at Blunt’s request will help hinder meth cookers’ access to ingredients used to make the deadly drug by:

Blunt’s proposal is modeled after a law that took effect in Oklahoma last April.

Since the inception of that law, meth incidents in the state have declined by 80 percent. For the last several years, Missouri has been one of the top meth producing states in the nation.

In 2003, Missouri had 2,860 meth incidents, 1,600 more than California, the second highest state that year, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the meth incidents in the country. Last year, the Missouri Highway Patrol conducted more than 19,000 meth investigations.

Editor's note:

The following statistics reflect the activities of the 9 agents assigned to the Jasper County Drug Task Force for the first nine months of 2004, according to a release by Archie Dunn, Jasper County sheriff received late last year. The righthand figure represents totals for the same time period in 2003.

Search Warrants were served in the following towns: Alba, Carthage, Joplin, Purcell, and Webb City.

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