ST. LOUIS — Despite a law intended to make it harder to buy ingredients for methamphetamine, lab busts are on the rise in Missouri. Meanwhile, the state continues to lead the nation in meth incidents by a wide margin.
Highway Patrol Capt. Tim Hull said 462 lab busts and discoveries of meth processing dump sites were reported in Missouri for the first three months of 2009. That is up from 426 incidents in the first quarter of 2008.
Mississippi had the second-most meth incidents, with 146 in the January through March period.
A new Missouri law requires that only pharmacies can sell compounds containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine. The law also requires that the drugs be kept behind the counter.
Police say meth-makers are getting around the law by going to several pharmacies to get the ingredients.