A new meth culture has taken root in small-town Indiana, reports the Indianapolis Star. Nationally, the Drug Enforcement Administration said 15,994 meth labs were found to be producing the drug last year. The greatest concentration is in the Midwest. These labs are designed to serve individual users and their friends. Far Western states are home to what some call mega-labs, believed to be run by Mexican drug lords. These labs produce a far greater volume of the drug.
Federal and state officials are spending millions on law enforcement tactics, resulting in a growing number of meth lab arrests. Legislators are trying to limit the sale of certain cold medicines that are key ingredients in making meth. In Knox County, In., residents are living in the heart of a Hoosier “meth corridor” that stretches along the Wabash River from Terre Haute to Evansville in southwestern Indiana. Plans are under way to build a new Knox County Jail because the current jail is often crowded. Meth-related court cases, which once made up less than 20 percent of the total caseload, account for more than 75 percent. Rather than wearing gang colors, participants in the meth culture sport John Deere green and drive pickup trucks.