There is good news when it comes to the well-documented war on meth in Vanderburgh County. However, that good news comes with a catch.
Detectives with the Evansville Police Department's Meth Suppression Unit report the number of meth lab incidents so far this year is down compared to last year. On average, detectives bust between 10 to 12 meth labs a month. This year, however, detectives have dismantled an average of 5 to 7 labs a month, said Det. Patrick McDonald.
Here's the catch. Det. McDonald said their recent long-term investigations have pointed to more of a crystal meth problem right now. Because the street price of crystal meth has recently gone down, it's competing with meth derived from the one-pot method, Det. McDonald said.
"There's a lot more of a risk to make meth because of the odors associated with it, being caught in manufacturing," Det. McDonald said. "It's a little bit easier to possess crystal meth because it's at a price where more people can get into right now."
Detective McDonald said meth, like other narcotics, tends to go in cycles. Once authorities make a dent in the crystal meth situation, Det. McDonald expects one-pot meth labs to return to average levels.