Franklin County officials report decrease meth lab busts

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by Julian Johnson / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 10:25 AM

 (KMOV) – Franklin County officials say they have seen a decrease in the number of meth labs busted, with a statewide drop in 2013 compared to the year before.

Officials say they are down about half the number of labs investigated from 2013 and have a 25-percent dip to just below 1,500 meth labs found statewide.

“There’s this whole black market of pseudoephedrine out there where a box would normally cost $9 to $13 is being sold for $35-$65,” said Sgt. Jason Grellner of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

Grellner believes the decline can be traced back to the numerous communities statewide who’ve adopted ordinances restricting access to pseudoephedrine without a prescription.

When asked if there were any ways people have used to get around the ordinances, Grellner said, “not really I guess the biggest way is what we're seeing is people go to another community that sells it St. Louis City and County being the number ones.”

With little enforcement, Grellner expects little change in counties with no protection.

“When I talk to law enforcement personnel in Bridgeton they talk about the number of people coming into Bridgeton from St Charles county buying pseudoephedrine getting low rent motels and firing up meth labs,” said Grellner.

Some communities like Ladue, do not have a prescription requirement for the key meth ingredient but costumers will have to show an ID to get it with a capped amount allotment.

It goes to a central database where everything is compiled and info is sent back right away and in seconds we'll know whether they've bought over their limit,” said Angie, a local pharmacist.

Official meth lab numbers are expected to be released in February. 

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