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Meth capital or not, we still seem to like it

Does anybody remember when Pierce County was the center of the methamphetamine universe?

Almost twenty years ago our humble county was the capital of meth production and the tweaker nation. Back then, stumbling across a meth lab was almost a daily occurrence. The locations also varied, from houses, apartments, mobile homes, trailers, rental spaces or the trunks of cars. Regardless of the place, the smell was always the same – a mix of kitty litter and fuel oil – and it usually preceded the first sighting of a test tube or glass beaker.

Given the volatility of the chemicals found in meth

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