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Meth: An old threat takes on new power

By Laura Collins
Published in News on June 27, 2010 1:50 AM

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Methamphetamine in rock form is held out by Wayne County Sheriff's Cpl. Chris Peedin, the meth lab investigator for the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

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Wayne County Sheriff's Cpl. Chris Peedin looks at a house on Dakota Avenue in Goldsboro where he and his fellow law enforcement officers raided a meth lab. Meth labs within heavily populated areas are very dangerous because of the possibility of an explosion during the cooking of meth and the hazardous waste the operation leaves behind. Peedin said Wayne County ranked as the No. 2 county in the state last year in meth lab seizures.

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Pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient most commonly seen in cold medicines, is the main ingredient in meth.

In 2008, Wayne County reported three methamphetamine lab raids. A year later, that number jumped to 24, earning this county the distinction of being No. 2 in the state for meth raids -- and the county with the largest increase...

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