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GOLDSBORO, NC (AP) — Wayne County officials say they have
responded to more methamphetamine labs this year than in all of
2010.

The News-Argus of Goldsboro reported that the 16th case of the
year was a fire extinguisher in a neighborhood that had been
adapted to store ammonia used in meth production.

Sheriff’s Capt. Richard Lewis says a hazardous material cleanup
contractor was called in to handle the hazardous substance.

Lewis says a clampdown on over-the-counter sales of
pseudoephedrine, a cold medicine also used in meth production, has
prompted the proliferation of smaller labs.

Officials are concerned about how they will pay for meth-lab
related cleanups, averaging $3,000 per site, since the state
shifted the expense to the counties.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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