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Local Law Enforcement Train to Clean Up Meth Labs

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Local law enforcement agencies in our area participated in a week's worth of training geared at preparing them for encountering meth labs.

Jake Kelton is a meth lab trainer for police, deputies, and firefighters. He says it's key that local law enforcement know what to do when they come across a meth lab. "If they have a bad day, and that thing ignites, that's a 4 thousand pound missile coming directly to you. So it's not just the chemicals, it's what happens when it explodes. You (North Louisiana) have enough meth labs in your area, a lot of meth labs in your area, and they're this type so these guys have to be trained."

After hours of training and tests, comes the hands on exercise where they have to properly disable and process a real meth lab. "These guys are going in for an initial assessment. Their job is to decide whether there's a meth lab inside that location or not."

It's a grueling process, but Kelton says, the training is invaluable and will save lives. "It costs your community thousands of dollars. Every time they find a meth lab it costs thousands of dollars to process. But when these officers are trained to do this process themselves, they're saving you thousands of dollars to go out there."

It can cost up to $12,000 to clean up a meth lab. Louisiana had 55 meth lab incidents in 2012. Since law enforcement have to order special equipment to disable and process meth labs the cost is shared by those convicted of making or having a lab and tax payers. 

 

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