MARION, AR (WMC-TV) - Last Wednesday, in trailer home just steps from a church, Crittenden County sheriff's deputies carried out their fifth meth bust in just three weeks.
Chief Investigator Thomas Martin said that's almost as many busts as deputies made throughout all of 2007.
"It's not a more concentrated effort," he said. "We've really just stumbled upon that many in the last three weeks."
Two of the labs were near churches, and at one lab deputies found a three-year-old child. The busts come at a time when catching meth cooks is getting tougher.
"The times of meth labs being the size of this room or bigger are getting fewer and far between these days," Martin said. "With the laws on buying ephedrine, meth cooks now can actually cook meth in a 20 ounce coke bottle."
Martin said the meth labs in the recent bust were all large, but despite the surge in busts, Crittenden County's meth problem is not getting bigger.
"I hate to say it - we've gotten lucky the past three weeks, which we'll take," he said.