COPY-Meth manufacturing down in Lee County

TUPELO, Miss. Lee County authorities say production of crystal meth is declining in the northeast Mississippi county.

However, Sheriff Jim Johnson says the production decline hasn't eliminated meth's presence. Johnson said a problem now exists with people importing the drug in its purest form called ice.Johnson said after taking office two years ago, he was having to shut down a meth lab about every week. About half of all drug-related arrests involved meth.Johnson said that since changes in the law made it difficult for people to buy key components for the manufacturing of meth, the labs have been drying up.While the use of ice is on the rise, North Mississippi Narcotics Unit statistics show the number of domestic meth cases has decreased since last year.

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