According to figures released by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the number of methamphetamine busts in the state of Florida has been increasing in recent years.
In 2010, the DEA recorded 455 meth busts within the state. 676 meth busts were recorded in 2011, and 852 busts took place in 2012.
In the first half of 2013, law enforcement conducted 597 meth busts.
Security experts attribute the rise in meth labs to the use of the “Shake and Bake” method of cooking meth. Using a 2-liter bottle and materials purchased at retail stores, meth users are cooking meth in smaller batches in less time. While the previous popular method of cooking a batch of meth took 2 days, the shake and bake method takes about 45 minutes.
Source: Millard K. Ives, “Law enforcement trying to shake up new meth recipe,” Daily Commercial, October 20, 2013.