Daytona Beach, FL - The battle against methamphetamine users and the people who make the illegal drug is rapidly increasing to new levels in Volusia County.
More than ever before, law enforcement agencies county-wide are reporing the takedown of meth labs, some of which are in home and others being transported by vehicle.
Between January and August 2013, 73 meth labs have been taken down county-wide, according to data released by the Volusia County Sheriff’s office. That’s just 8 less than was found in Volusia in all of 2012.
The east side of the county has really been the epi-center of these labs, with Edgewater, Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach reporting 11, 10 and 9 meth labs so far this year, respectively.
In a recent appearance on WNDB’s Marc Bernier show, Daytona Beach police chief Mike Chitwood says they have made significant progress in taking down meth labs this year.
“When you look at our statistics from 2012 to 2013, we’ve cut the number of meth labs in the city in half,” Chitwood added.
Chitwood says they’ve been able to make progress in large part by going after the meth makers, not just the users. He also cited the success of “Operation Shake & Bake”, an operation which culminated last February with 31 arrest warrants issued.
But Chitwood also added that the recent crackdown on pill mills has forced addicts and drug dealers into alternative methods of staying high and meth’s been the big beneficiary of that.
“You can’t plant your flag and say ‘Hey, we won, it’s all over,'” Chitwood stated. “It’s far from it. As you close 1 window down, another opens up. Meth’s easy to make.”
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