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Missouri County Posts Meth Lab Locations Online: Good Idea?

If you're looking to move, chances are you suss out a neighborhood first: schools, crime rates, sex offenders nearby, and the like. If you live in Jefferson County, MO, you can add another criteria to your info gathering: whether a meth lab is located nearby.

Not limited to hardcore crack houses, the sheriff's department is listing places where it's seized any materials tied to meth production that indicate a past presence of a secret drug lab in the past two years. Real estate agents are thrilled by the new development though schools and house size still top the list of important area details. With the release of the info however, nearby homeowners might worry that the released info could wreak havoc on their own home's value.

The sheriff says, "We keep raising the bar on awareness. You either do something about it, or you stick your head in the sand." Jefferson County has one of the worst meth problems in the United States. The state of Missouri recorded 770 meth-lab incidents in the first six months of this year.

Is their criteria too broad? Should a house be listed as a meth lab just for having evidence gathered? Is privacy at stake or is this progressive crime fighting?


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karen02 karen02 8 years
Well the meth labs are the good idea but the people who are addicted to it they have an option to join a drug intervention located in Missouri only through which they can be procured and people will not have to worry about the meth labs nearby their houses. Karen Walter Drug Intervention Missouri
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
That's so sad. 3 or 4 times? What's the point? Who is bailing him out?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
It's SO annoying. I've seen the same guy (Crawly) get arrested like 3 or 4 times. Like a hemorrhoid or a bad case of crabs, he always comes back.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Wow, that sucks Jude.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
*Every time I want to walk down to 7-11 or whatever, I have to check first and make sure that this one tweaker dude isn't doing his "crawl slowly across the street on hands and knees, screaming incoherent death threats" thing.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Abuse is a concern, but I have to say that I would really have liked to have known that the street we moved onto a few months ago happens to have a meth house somewhere close to our building. At least once a week there's some crazy tweaker running about on the street, screaming at the top of his lungs, in the middle of the night. And even though the neighborhood is otherwise nice, I don't always feel safe.
tina_marie tina_marie 8 years
To me, this is not different than posting where sex offenders live. Meth is an evil evil drug and anything that can be done to help in the battle is good IMO. And you are so right bellaressa, in that the effects of a meth lab can be huge on a neighborhood
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Seeing as Meth labs, can do damage to people living next door to them, behind, or in front of them or even a block away. I feel that people have the right to know. Those chemicals and fumes can not only hurt adults and children. They are deadly and can give contact highs if they are over exposed. People not knowing that a Meth lab is near there house can be deadly, when the illness start no one knows what it is and then its pinpointed. I would rather know than not to know.
Mintie Mintie 8 years
This is going to take all the guesswork out of drug dealing...
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Stephley is right. It's important that the seizure of illegal contraband by police is not something that is public record. The police must operate in secret.
stephley stephley 8 years
"The Web site doesn't provide details about what occurred at each address. Brown said the department would try to provide additional information to members of the public with questions if it can by law." The information doesn't tell you if there was a meth lab, or if the house is going to blow up or when the house is going to blow up - so what exactly is the purpose of this information besides saying something bad may have happened in this neighborhood? Doesn't it implicate anyone who lived in the house in meth production - even though they may not have ever been arrested or charged? Or had anything to do with a meth lab?
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
MILLS :oy: It was a joke.
MLLS MLLS 8 years
kastarte :oy: It doesn't mean CURRENT meth labs, it means PRIOR meth activity. It's usually homes that the occupants have already been arrested or moved out and it is up for sale or rent. It's a tool so you know if you're getting a house that has the contaminants still present in the walls etc.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Finally I can get directions on where to buy some meth! Imposible to locate in the yellow pages.
Vespa Vespa 8 years
Er, Stevie Knicks!
Vespa Vespa 8 years
Tom Petty is so goodin concert. I saw him last summer with Steve Knicks!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
The potential for abuse is great for many things. I think that, in this instance, the pros outweigh the cons.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, it was great Milos!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Steph, so you would just rather be in the dark, because something may potentially happen? That is a very different than your view on other subjects.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I'm all in favor of it. They are super dangerous and who needs one more thing to worry about. Oh and GS I'm hecka jealous.
stephley stephley 8 years
You'd assume that, but the potential abuse is very real.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I like this idea. Steph, I read the linked article and it says that "The postings list addresses where the department has seized a meth lab or found discarded materials that indicate the past presence of a clandestine drug lab in 2007 or 2008." I would assume that they would need more than just a few items that could possibly be used in the production of meth, that these were places where there were either active investigations or evidence to point to them being used for meth lab sites.
foxie foxie 8 years
I fail to see how this isn't a great idea. Meth labs explode and are directly dangerous to all houses around them.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
OH GS! Your baby is so lucky!
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