Over the last month, 20 people have been arrested for allegedly making meth in west Alabama. In one case, drug agents got a tip from neighbors that four people were cooking meth in the 6000 block of 5th Street in Northport.
So is meth becoming a big problem? The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office doesn't think so.
"It's always been a problem. And its probably going to always be a problem. The fact is we've got technology at our hands that better helps us track the players in the game," Lt. Andy Norris with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office said. "You're hearing about it more because obviously we're making more arrests and quicker arrests due to this technology at our hands."
Technology and tougher laws are on the books to make it difficult for people to buy the ingredients for meth. Norris also said drug agents are working like blood hounds to sniff out the drugs.
"We've got a couple of guys who back in 2012 and into 2013 made over 50 meth arrests," Norris said. "And they're on track this year to probably make as many if not more."
We're told narcotics investigators know who the key meth players are in West Alabama.
"Our message is if you do meth, it might take us a couple of days or weeks to catch you. But we're going to catch you and we're going to lock you up and put you in jail," Norris said.
Over the past two weeks, West Alabama narcotics agents have also taken a 15-year-old into custody for taking part in meth making. DHR also recently removed a four-year-old from a house where deputies found eight single-pot meth labs.
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