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Carnahan says meth still a "dangerous" enemy

October 27, 1998
By: Lee McGuire
State Capital Bureau

Jefferson City was the site of Missouri's second "meth summit" today/Tuesday. Lee McGuire is in the state capital with more.

Missouri has one of the biggest meth problems of any state, and now it has one of the highest rates of meth arrests.

At the second annual meth summit, Governor Carnahan said new laws and tougher penalties are pushing meth out of Missouri, but he warned it's an ongoing fight.

RunTime: 18 sx
Contents: Carnahan says we must attack the enemy on all fronts.

Carnahan said nearly 500 people have called a state hotline since January to report meth production and abuse. Officials have made about 600 meth lab busts so far this year. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.

One year after the first methamphetamine summit, Governor Carnahan addressed a second gathering of the state's top law enforcement officials Tuesday. Lee McGuire has more from Jefferson City.

While last year's meth summit focused on what needed to be done in the drug fight, this time the emphasis was on how well the battle seems to be going.

Carnahan trumpeted the purchase of three mobile command units, and 20 explosion-proof containers to store confiscated chemicals. He said 600 meth lab busts so far this year is a big win.

RunTime: 13
Contents: He says public awareness is also important.

Missouri has joined other midwestern states in a "Life-or-Meth" campaign to advertise the dangers of meth abuse. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.

State and federal law enforcement officials met in Jefferson City today/tuesday for the state's annual meth summit. Lee McGuire was there and has more from the state capital.

Governor Carnahan's opening remarks summed up the problem:

RunTime: 13 sx
Contents: He said Missouri is in a prime location for meth production.

Carnahan says the solution is increased cooperation between state agencies, tougher penalties for meth producers, public awareness of the drug's dangers, and more resources for law enforcement.

In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.

Law enforcement officials attending the meth summit today/Tuesday heard Jay Nixon praise surrounding states for their help prosecuting Missouri's meth manufacturers. Lee McGuire has more from Jefferson City.

The Attorney General said that reciprocal agreements between Missouri counties and neighboring states have made a major difference in the meth fight.

RunTime: 9 sx
Contents: Nixon said the message is: you can run but you can't hide.

Illinois and Iowa now collaborate with Missouri officials in prosecuting suspected meth manufacturers who jump state lines. Nixon says now the focus is on getting Missouri's other neighbors on board. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.

Two state legislators who pushed for tougher laws against meth say Missouri's crackdown is sending the problem next door, to Illinois. Lee McGuire has the story from Jefferson City.

At the second annual meth summit, state senator Joe Maxwell and representative Robert Clayton said Missouri's new, tough meth laws are kicking meth out of Missouri.

But where is it going?

Joe Maxwell says the meth manufacturers just get out of town.

RunTime: 6
Contents: He says they pick up and go somewhere else.

And Robert Clayton says the easiest place to go is right across the border.

OutCue: 9 sx
Contents: Clayton says they end up in Illinois.

In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.