Tennessee methamphetamine makers are increasingly finding ways around laws meant to keep them on police radar and away from the ingredients, The Tennessean reports. Meth lab seizures in Tennessee reached 1,432 in 2009 – second only to Missouri. The total is the highest since the passage of a 2005 law forcing pharmacies to lock away cold and sinus pills and keep records on and limit per-person sales of those pills. It also requires doctors to report meth-making injuries.
Police say the resurgence is largely the result of creative tactics such as “smurfing” – using other people to buy the ingredients – plus more mobile cooking methods that require less space and cooking time. The drug can be made in a 2-liter soda bottle, doesn’t require an open flame – a chemical reaction provides the “cooking” – and is ready in about an hour. Older methods required an open flame and took four to six hours.