Southern Tier Hot Spot For Meth Labs

In the last ten years, there have been more than 300 methamphetamine labs uncovered in New York State.

Almost a quarter of those in Broome and Tioga Counties.

The latest drug bust was Thursday, on Hooper Road in the Town of Union.

Three men were arrested after manufacturing the illegal drug.

Officials say the Southern Tier is a hot spot for meth labs.

And the most active area in New York State.

"It just so happens that the first cookers that came in over the last decade happened to be associated with the Southern Tier and settled here, and what we find is when one person learns it, they teach between 5 and 10 other people, so that's why the Southern Tier is a hot bed of activity for meth labs," said Lt. Patrick Garey with the New York State Police.

Police are also concerned with the number of weapons showing up in drug busts.

They found 7 guns in Thursday's meth bust alone.

By WBNG News

Story Created: Jan 17, 2010 at 6:48 PM EST