Police say meth production is heating up in Horry County

Meth production increase

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The production of a dangerous drug is heating up in our community. Local police say they're seeing a lot more crystal meth labs here in Horry County, and now, it's becoming a growing concern for people.

It's a crime police are working to crack down on: The 15th Judicial Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit has arrested seven people for operating meth labs just within the past two months. In 2012, police made a total of 27 arrests for meth labs throughout the year.

This is a concern for communities, because cooking meth is a very dangerous process. Sergeant Robert Kegler with Horry County Police says the wrong mix can cause an explosion. This can be a threat to anyone, especially since the labs have been found in all kinds of locations. Police have dealt with meth labs in cars in public parking lots, motels, and even inside homes.

But Kegler says that's not the only reason why law enforcement doesn't want to see this growing problem take over our streets - it also leads to more crime.

The rise of meth can lead to "a lot of drug-related crime over all," says Kegler. "A lot of your thefts, robberies, things like that. It comes from people who are looking for money, goods to trade for drugs."

Cleaning up the toxic mess meth labs can leave behind is a very expensive process. According to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, it costs about $2,800 in resources every time.

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