In the past week, the Ohio Valley has seen two meth labs busted which helps add to an already record number of reports in 2013 according to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
As of August 24th, 770 crystal meth lab incidents have been reported to the BCI in 2013, which is a state record. The number of reports has increased every year since 2008 when only 112 lab incidents were reported.
Belmont and Harrison Counties both have reported meth lab incidents to the BCI this year along with neighboring Carroll, Coshocton, Tuscarawas, and Muskingum counties. Summit County leads the state with 230 lab incidents which is almost 4 times more than any other county in Ohio.
Authorities believe the rise in busts has to due with a rise in popularity of smaller, one-pot labs and improved training by officers when it comes to spotting labs.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation tracks meth labs starting October 1st every fiscal year and the numbers only show the cases investigated by the BCI. If a county is not listed they either haven't had a meth bust or did not report it to the BCI.