BARTHOLOMEW CO. Ind. (WISH) - State data shows Bartholomew County ranked No. 6 in the state for meth lab seizures in 2012.
Police say the county has consistently placed in the top 10 for the past several years. Click here for a map that shows how many seizures were recorded in each county in 2012.
Investigators with the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section (ISP MSS) say meth lab seizures are on the rise.
Statistics show over the past five years, an average 20 percent increase in the number of labs was found from year to year.
So far this year, 435 labs have been seized statewide.
"There's a lot of factors that go into that," said Senior Trooper Tom Egler who is with the Meth Suppression Section. "How addictive meth is, the aggressive (policing) ... if the demand is there, the number of labs go up."
Detectives in Bartholomew County say drugs played a role in Saturday's Waynesville quadruple homicide .
Investigators found meth inside the home where the victims where murdered. The sheriff's department has not released any more information.
Trooper Egler is not involved in the Waynesville investigation and has no inside knowledge of the case. However, he has dealt with meth addicts during his seven years with MSS. He says a gram of meth has a street value of around $100.
"With drugs, money, you've got violence. That's the core thing. When it comes to any type of drug that we have there is violence with drugs and money," Egler said.
Top Ten counties where meth labs were seized in 2012
1. Madison 96
2. Vanderburgh 90
3. Delaware 62
4. Monroe 60
5. Decatur 59
6. Bartholomew 53
6. Knox 53
7. Howard 47
7. Kosciusko 47
7. Noble 47
8. Elkhart 46
9. Marshall 42
10. Tippecanoe 38
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