6. Jay County Archival Indicators of Risk
Community Risk Factor: Availability of Drugs
According to the Indiana State Police there were 427 meth lab seizures in the state of Indiana in the year 2000, 681 seizures in 2001, and 988 seizures in 2002. In 2003 there were 1,260 seizures. Obviously, the implications of this problem are serious and a major concern for the residents of Indiana. (David Phelps, Indiana State Police, 2003). In Jay County there were 0 meth lab seizures in 2003. (David Phelps, Indiana State Police, 2003).
Table 6.5: Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab seizures, 2002 (ATC, 2003)
Indiana (All seizures)
Indiana (ISP seizures)
Jay Co. (All seizures)
Jay Co. (ISP seizures)
Meth Lab seizures Made by ISP and All seizures (Jay County and Indiana)
The discovery of clandestine methamphetamine labs attests to the presence of crystal methamphetamine in the area. Law enforcement officers in Indiana have found that the primary motivation of those individuals mounting methamphetamine labs in this state has been to support their personal addiction rather than to create a market for sales. Nonetheless, the presence of the labs creates the impetus for selling the drug and creates sources for obtaining the drug in the community.