A suspected methamphetamine lab that sparked a Martinez house fire Wednesday is one of several authorities shut down every year.
“It’s been a couple of months since we’ve had one,” Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Sharif Chochol said.
The labs, which can be set up in vehicles, hotel rooms or residences, are getting smaller and harder to detect, therefore the number of meth labs narcotics investigators find are decreasing.
“We don’t have the complaints that we used to,” Chochol said. “The most common method now is harder to detect.”