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Meth lab cleanups costing taxpayers in Montgomery County

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY -

Meth is a growing problem throughout Southwest Virginia and it's costing taxpayers in Montgomery County.

We pulled the numbers from the county, finding that the sheriff's office spent more than $36,000 last year cleaning up meth labs.

It's more than five times what the department spent on clean up in all of 2012.

The good news is the Virginia State Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) just started a new program to offset the financial cost for local communities.

It went into effect earlier this month.

"The only thing it's going to reduce for me is the cost," said Montgomery Co. Sheriff Tommy Whitt. "It's not going to reduce the manpower I have to spend every day, every evening."

Coming up tonight on WSLS 10 at 6 p.m. we'll detail the new program, how it's helping Montgomery Co. and other communities in Southwest Virginia, and why taxpayers could still be on the hook for the cost of cleaning up meth labs.

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