A record number of clandestine drug labs have been shut down in Hawaii this year, most of them dangerous facilities used to refine crystal methamphetamine, law enforcement officials said. Authorities said they have raided and opened investigations into more than 30 labs, far more than the six closed last year, reports the Honolulu Advertiser. Two drug labs were uncovered and cleaned up in 2001 and three in 2002.
The lab seizures come as the state and others devote a record level of resources to stopping crystal methamphetamine, also known as “ice.” A year ago, Hawaii had the worst ice statistics in the nation. Law enforcement agencies are targeting dealers and users, with the number of arrests for meth offenses at an all-time high.