ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich.– Meth, it’s a reality that West Michigan has been facing for years, but new numbers show just how bad the problem is becoming.
The West Michigan Enforcement Team or WEMET says the number of meth labs it’s finding has nearly doubled compared to this time last year.
Detective First Lt. Mike Harvitt of Michigan State Police’s WEMET says they are doing the best they can to keep up on the problem and try to stay ahead of it. “Labs that we find in coolers, in backpacks in the trunk of cars that are moving on all the roads that you and I and everybody else uses in Michigan” he said.
According to WEMET this time last year there were 37 meth investigations, the majority meth labs or dumpsites. So far this year, there have already been 70 meth related busts in Allegan, Muskegon and Ottawa County. The majority of the busts were in Allgean County but its obvious the drug is on the move.
In the Holland area there have been 10 incidents so far this year, a number law enforcement saw for all of 2012.
“It’s moving northwards into southern Ottawa county, Muskegon county, the Ludington and Manistee area into Newago and northern Kent county.” The problem is just how easy it is to make meth, they call it they shake and bake method or one pot method.
“It’s a highly addictive robust drug that people use and once you’re addicted to a drug like meth it’s going to affect your life and run your life.”