By Brian Howey
The Hendricks County Flyer
Mon Mar 25, 2013, 02:16 PM EDT
But even more alarming are the number of children caught in this nightmare epidemic. According to Indiana State Police statistics, 372 children were found in clandestine meth labs in 2012, another 362 in '11, and 270 in '10.
The visual is this: A dirty waif with a loaded diaper, a diet of Cheetos, exposed to a toxic environment by parents or "guardians" cooking up evil.
Imagine you being the person staying in the room above a meth lab in a Days Inn motel. Or next door.
The new trend in smaller Indiana cities is for meth labs to operate in motels. The crime spree has run a course from homes and garages, to vehicles, shopping carts, and now motels, similar to how the crack cocaine crisis in places like Fort Wayne went through phases, with hundreds of crack houses popping up, then crime sprees such as burglaries, turf wars, and drive-by shootings.
Last November, Thallemer observed the meth production moving into motels and he wrote hoteliers asking them to be diligent in efforts to prevent meth manufacturing, according to a local Warsaw blog.
"The battle to end this scourge must be fought at all levels," Thallemer said. "The cost of these crimes includes big dollars spent for toxic cleanup, medical care, investigation, prosecution, incarceration, rehabilitation, family social services, etc. The real cost of these crimes, however, is the human toll on the victim, their families, and our community."
"What should we do?" the mayor asked at the Indiana Statehouse.
Just minutes before, Pence had lauded local officials who presented the first line of service to 70 percent of the state's population that live in our cities and towns.
"When I meet someone in local government, I feel very humble," Pence said, adding that his door is open.
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