Meth More Than A Problem, An Epidemic

"Officers of the Lufkin Police Department Narcotics Unit made an arrest at the Budget Inn for manufacturing methamphetamine," said Lt. David Young of the Lufkin Police Department.

Another meth bust, this time in a Lufkin Hotel, adds to an already long list of methamphetamine related arrests this week. There have been at least 9 meth related arrests this week alone. 35-year-old Dorina Moreno is the latest. She was arrested for cooking meth in her hotel room at the Budget Inn in Lufkin.

So why is it so common in East Texas?

Young said, "methamphetamine is extremely addictive and that coupled with the relative ease of manufacturing and the ability to obtain the components rather easily has just contributed to the explosive growth."

Relative ease is an understatement. Most of the chemicals used to make meth are so common, one trip to the store can have you cooking in no time. And it's so portable, you can carry most of a full scale meth lab in nothing more than a duffel bag. But the big risk in cooking comes with the combination of explosive chemicals and heat.

"It does involve the use of heat and the use of chemicals and sometimes that goes bad and there are explosions," said Young.

The scariest thing about the manufacturing and use of meth is in it's bottom line ingredients.

Young said, "it uses red devil lye, it uses camp fuel, it uses gasoline. They can use any number of things all of which individually are bad for you, and yet they combine all of these things and inject it in their body."

That doesn't even take into consideration the highly addictive nature of meth, and it's long term effects on the body. But the portability and ease of creating it keep people making this dangerous drug.

Lt. Young says that another problem with meth is it's financial burden to whoever cleans up a lab. All the chemicals add up to thousands of dollars, depending on the size of the lab. The people that bear the burden of the cost is either the Lufkin Police Department or the DEA, depending if Lufkin Police can handle the amount.

Lt. Young says the presence of meth in East Texas in undeniable, but you can do something about it. If you see any suspicious activity that you believe could be related to a meth lab in your area, do not hesitate to call law enforcement.