ISP launches new tool in meth fight

Sellersburg, IN - By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) - Police say meth manufacturing and use is a problem that's now moving closer to metro areas. In fact, Indiana State Police say they worked a record number of meth labs last year: 1,364. They're doing what they can to crack down on the people making the drug.

It's a fight that keeps getting harder to win, but now that battle against the meth making process is also being fought online in Indiana. Meth is highly addictive and dangerous. That's why ISP launched a web-driven investigative tool on Aug. 31.

It's called IMIS (the Indiana Methamphetamine Investigation System). Police describe it as bringing all the resources out there together.

On the front end of the site, anyone can report suspected activity in their neighborhood and get answers to their clean-up questions.

"We have got to create these partnerships because law enforcement can't do this alone," said Sgt. Niki Crawford, Commander of the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Section. "We really depend on the public to provide us information so we can follow up on tips and leads that come in."

On the back end of the site, there's a secure section for police and retailers who sell pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient used to make meth. Data and logs will be all in one place, making the information easier to analyze. Before now it was all done on paper.

As of August 1, 2010, ISP had responded to 734 meth labs for the year.

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