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Meth. lab clean up comes out of your pocket

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Investigators for the Dorchester County Sheriff’s office say there has been a rise in meth. labs in the county since last year. The cost for those clean ups, comes out of your wallet.

Capt. Tony Phinney says “We averaged 36 in 2013, and if the numbers were to continue we could be in the 60’s.”

It takes man hours, preparation, equipment and hard work, but most of all it takes money to clean up these labs.

Investigators say they buy equipment used for the clean ups using money seized from drug busts.

They say it’s costly to properly dispose of hazardous materials found in the labs. That money comes from SLED’s budget funded through state taxpayer dollars.

“The cost can average depending on the size of the lab and how much material, they are going to have to take for disposal …can average between $3,000-$5,000.”

But what about the cleanup to the actual house/hotel where the lab was built?

“We won’t clean wipe walls, pull floors, nothing like that. We just bring the lab components out and there is no actual standard through EPA, or state law as far as how an owner of the property is required to clean up the house, which is sad,” says an investigator for the Dorchester Co. Metro Narcotics Division.

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