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War on Meth: Ongoing Battle

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton
* Sheriff discusses evolution of problem

The Clay County Sheriff's Department has been combating issues with methamphetamine for years.

It all began in the mid-to-late 90s, when the department began seeing methamphetamine and methamphetamine labs in the community.

"At that time, investigations began shifting toward combating the problem," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said.

Labs have evolved over the years, beginning with elaborate cookers and changing into mobile labs. From there, Heaton said he has seen labs from "shake and bake to the one-pot method."

Since that time, methamphetamine has become more readily available.

"We have seen the increase of crystal methamphetamine coming in from Mexico," Heaton said.

Just as criminals have changed their way of manufacturing methamphetamine, the sheriff's department has had to change their way of investigation.

"It's not any different than any other investigation," Heaton said. "As technology and techniques change, so has our style of investigation."

Even with its constant work, it's difficult for the sheriff's department to put an end to this growing problem.

"Methamphetamine is still a major problem, and it is being used on a regular basis in combination with other drugs," Heaton said. "We feel we have slowed the methamphetamine usage at times, but we know someone will soon take the place of someone we have arrested."

Members of the sheriff's department aren't the only ones who can fight the battle against methamphetamine. Citizens can join in the war on methamphetamine by calling in any suspicious activity they see to the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

"Right now, a lot of businesses call or even track when certain items are purchased that are involved in making methamphetamine," Heaton said.

To report suspicious activity or other tips, call the sheriff's department at 446-2535.

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