NC police scramble as meth cleanup money runs out

RALEIGH, NC (AP) - Local governments across North Carolina are going to have to pick up the tab for cleaning illegal meth labs after state and federal dollars have run out.

Federal money ran out in February and isn't being renewed. The State Bureau of Investigation spent nearly $165,000 since then to cover the costs.

SBI Director Greg McLeod says that was only a stopgap measure, though, and that fund ran dry Tuesday.

Wayne County Sheriff's Maj. Tom Effler says meth lab cleanups typically cost between $2,500 and $3,000, but some can go as high as $20,000.

Local governments have not budgeted for the cleanups because they always had been paid for by the federal government.

Police around the state hope that state or congressional leaders can help restore funding.
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