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New report ranks Ohio near top of list for seized meth labs, chemicals

CLEVELAND — A new report ranks Ohio among the top states for seized methamphetamine labs last year.

Ohio ranked fourth in the country in 2013 as authorities uncovered 1,010 labs, chemicals and glassware used in the drug’s cooking process. Indiana topped the national last year, followed by Tennessee and Missouri.

The report was done by the Missouri Highway Patrol, based on numbers from the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System, a database run by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Plain Dealer reported the results Wednesday. Ohio moved up from seventh in the rankings in 2012.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation tracks meth lab seizures by federal fiscal year. The state’s police officers report voluntarily, so there are likely more than the statistics reflect.

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