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Drug users discover new ways to find meth

The number of meth labs in West Tennessee is down, but there's an underside to that success.

Meth users have a new way to get their hands on the drug and it's much more dangerous.

The recent law banning over the counter sales of pseudoephedrine in Tennessee could eventually make meth lab busts a thing of the past.

"You can look almost right to the day legislation took effect in April of 2005 to see the drops in the meth labs," said Andrew Dimond, Drug Enforcement Administration Agent in Charge for the Western Tennessee District.

However, Dimond says the drop in meth labs brings drug traffickers across our borders with a more pure form of crystal meth called ICE.

"The methamphetamine that we're seeing coming in now that's originating in Mexico is so much more potent, it's so much more addictive and really it's so much more dangerous," said Dimond.

With the evolution of the meth problem, the West Tennessee Meth Task Force is coming together to stay ahead of the curve.

"The law enforcement from these counties learn from each other," said Western Tennessee District U.S. Attorney David Kustoff. He says sheriffs, police chiefs and district attorneys from 22 West Tennessee counties meet monthly to brainstorm about the best way to stop drug traffickers.

"Law enforcement will continue to evolve and continue to adapt and address the problem as they get more creative," Kustoff said.

"You have either undercover or cooperators that are making buys on the street. You're identifying the entire organization. You're trying to wrap it up through other methods of investigation," explained Dimond.

Law enforcement officials say ICE brings more organized crime to the area. It's made in Mexican super labs, it involves shipping and manufacturers target locations with weaker meth laws.

The task force recently secured a million dollar congressional grant to fight meth.

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