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Methamphetamine: What you need to know in Tennessee

As someone accused of using or creating methamphetamine, it's important to know the facts about the drug in your state. How the state approaches drugs has an influence on the kinds of charges and penalties you face.

One of the things Tennessee's authorities have aimed to do is to reduce the number of methamphetamine labs in the state. Here are a few common questions about the labs:

What is a clandestine meth lab?

A clandestine meth lab is one where a collection of glassware and chemicals are discovered that could have been used for the creation of drugs. For people accused of creating methamphetamine, this is an important definition. It shows that the cooking process officially begins when the items needed to create methamphetamine are present. At that point, a criminal act is taking place.

Are there many methamphetamine labs in Tennessee?

Interestingly, the number of meth lab seizures reduced in 2016. There were a total of 302 meth lab seizures during the first nine months of the year, which is a 35.33 percent decrease from the same time period in 2015.

Despite there being fewer labs in the state, the use of methamphetamine is still high. According to the statistics, when it comes to methamphetamine-related incidents, law enforcement officers have seen a rise of over 80 percent. It's believed that much of the methamphetamine used in the state today is being distributed by cartels, such as the Mexican national drug trafficking organizations. These cartels dropped their prices, making meth more easily obtainable on the streets.

Why is it important that methamphetamine labs have been reducing in number?

These labs are dangerous not only when they're in use but also when they're abandoned or shut down. The waste itself is hazardous, posing a risk to others.

If you've been accused of having a methamphetamine lab, a strong defense can help you. The law is hard on meth manufacturers, but you can fight back.

Source: Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force, "Clandestine Meth Lab," accessed May 25, 2017

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