The Lookout Mountain Judicial Drug Task Force is sending deputies Donnie Brown and Alan Ellenburg from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Randy Hicks of the LaFayette Police Department and investigator Scott Jordan from Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office to the course, which is funded through federal Homeland Security tax dollars.
Task Force Commander Pat Doyle said the region had 31 of the 130 meth labs reported in Georgia in 2011 and could be responsible for dismantling as many as 40 from this year.
Clean-up costs for a meth lab averaged $2,500 to $5,000 each, with some of the bigger ones running as high as $10,000 — but a new disposal method is saving money.
Doyle said the Task Force adopted a plan used in Tennessee, Missouri and Kentucky in which separated components of meth labs are stored in an explosion-resistant, steel, hazardous materials container until a scheduled incineration.
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