Ohio is headed toward the top of the nation's list for seized methamphetamine labs, chemicals and dump sites, says a new report cited by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The state ranked fourth last year, as authorities uncovered 1,010 labs, chemicals and glassware used in the drug's cooking process, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The unit analyzed numbers in late March from the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System of the U.S. Department of Justice. The report said Indiana topped the nation with 1,797 reports, followed by Tennessee with 1,616 and Missouri with 1,496.
In 2012, Ohio ranked seventh in the nation. “The labs that they're seizing (in Ohio) are the mom and pop styles,'' said Ralph Weisheit, a criminal justice professor at Illinois State University and an expert on the drug. “The typical meth cooker doesn't learn from the Internet or from a book. He or she learns from friends, from people. That's why meth spreads like a disease, it goes from person to person.''