Three States Run Public Meth-Offender Databases


Tennessee, Minnesota, and Illinois are operating Internet registries to publicize the names of those convicted or making or selling meth, reports USA Today. Montana has listed those convicted of running illegal drug labs on its Internet registry of sexual and violent offenders since 2003. Meth-offender registries are being considered in Georgia, Maine, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington state, and West Virginia.

These and other anti-meth measures have contributed to a decline in meth labs. The Drug Enforcement Administration reported that authorities found more than 17,000 labs in 2003 and more than 12,000 last year. Tennessee has more than 400 people in its offender database, which was created after landlords and other property owners complained about toxic waste created after chemicals are “cooked” to make meth.


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