The well runs dry

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Another place is running out of meth lab clean-up funds (so says the Columbus Dispatch). I don’t like the idea of Meth Labs *not* being cleaned up. But then it’s not like raiding Meth Labs is the long-term answer to the drug problem. Somehow I suspect that this is only going make things worse as counties will likely try to increase civil forfeiture and other shady tactics so they can be more “self-sufficient” in fighting the drug war.

[–Peter Moskos]

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9 Responses to “The well runs dry”

  1. #1 |  Brandon | 

    Come on, Pete. Surely the next lab they raid will be the last one, and all the other dealers will realize that the drug war is for their own good and give up. Just one or two more….

  2. #2 |  Matt | 

    There is no long term answer to the drug problem — unless it becomes possible to cure addiction — but legalization would end the need to create these fly-by-night labs that are shut down in raids and then need cleaning up.

  3. #3 |  Windy | 

    Those clandestine labs would have never been a problem if the drug war hadn’t made access to pharmaceutical grade amphetamines nearly impossible.

  4. #4 |  qwints | 

    Wouldn’t these labs need cleaning up even if there were no raids? Legalization might solve this but demilitarization and decriminalization won’t.

  5. #5 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    Yes. Meth production is /dangerous/. I mean, I’m sure you’d see less of them, but not none.

  6. #6 |  Dante | 

    Sorry to rain on the parade, but do you all really believe what any government agency says about money? Haven’t you been paying attention? Nothing that comes out of their collective mouths is true.

    The Republicans in Congress said they were cutting $36 Billion, but the actual reductions (in real money, not make-believe Congress money) was more like $36 Million.

    Police departments are seizing massive amounts of money and then just keeping it in violation of the law. When asked about it, they fudge. Also, many stories of police evidence rooms feature allegations of theft by the police. There are also detailed accounts of entire police departments illegally selling guns, drugs or other confiscated items.

    Now, the police say they are running out of money. The police routinely lie in order to get what they want, just like Congress. When analyzing what either group says, the truth is almost always the exact opposite of what the police say.

    Conclusion: Another lie. Don’t give them a penny and watch as the raids just keep on rolling. They will probably end the year with more than last year. And of course, the illegal seizures will increase.

    Protect & Serve (Themselves!)

  7. #7 |  Greg C. | 

    $1800 average per cleanup is the problem. I get Amy Adams and Emily Blunt to cleanup all my crime scenes at a reduced rate.

  8. #8 |  Highway | 

    I think they would shut down if production and distribution were legal. Do we see a lot of moonshiners around, hiding in the hills? No. But we see a lot of craft brewers and local wineries that have stable businesses, set workplaces, and investment in their location.

    Meth labs are environmental disasters because of who is using them: People who only care about the output, not the property.

  9. #9 |  Toastrider | 

    Part of the problem is that yes, meth labs ARE dangerous. And not in the ‘social disorder’ way. Remember that meth labs are prone to what a Texas sheriff called ‘high speed disassembly’. With toxic chemicals.

    I wouldn’t have a problem with someone growing marijuana next door, but if you set up a meth lab, I would most likely beat the stupid out of you.