(KMOV) – Missouri no longer leads the nation in most meth-related seizures, according to statistics gathered by the Missouri Highway Patrol.
According to the MSHP report, the number of meth-related seizures in Missouri fell from just more than 2,000 in 2012 to a little under 1,500 in 2013.
Missouri now ranks third in the country in the number of labs, glassware and chemical seizures, with Indiana and Tennessee holding down the top two spots. Missouri had the nation’s most in 2012.
Officials say the drop to third could be attributed to new laws limiting the sales of known meth ingredients, as well as a more potent product being shipped in from Mexico.
As has been the case for several years, the largest number of seizures happened in the Midwest.
Much larger states like California and Florida had 116 and 525 seizures, respectively.