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CLANDESTINE DRUG LABS: AN EPIDEMIC IN THE UNITED STATES

Issue 9 and Volume 150.

CLANDESTINE DRUG LABS: AN EPIDEMIC IN THE UNITED STATES BY HANK A. HOWARD The label OclandestineO may be misleading when applied to today?s drug labs, which may not always be well hidden. The current location of first choice for a Oclan labO is a motel room, followed, in order of preference, by rental storage lockers; residential properties; commercial properties; and rural barns, sheds, and outbuildings. I have watched closely the increase in the number of drug lab seizures in California and our nation with a guarded concern. In Lodi, California alone, law enforcement teams and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have discovered and taken down 26 active laboratories between July 1995 and April 1996. With its population of more than 57,000, Lodi, California, is considered to be monopolizing the drug market. OIt?s only the tip of the iceberg,O according to Sergeant Virgil Monroe of the Lodi Police Department Narcotics Task…

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