By Frank Lockwood
Umatilla Countys illegal drug production industry has drawn attention from inside and outside the state, and attracted a grant to encourage neighbors to respond effectively.
Oregon State Police reported 33 police seizures of meth labs last year in Umatilla County.
People considering a move away from the Òbig cityÓ in order do get their children off drugs and into a more ÒhealthyÓ rural atmosphere could be in for a shock. In some cases, drugs are more rural problem than urban blight.
According to a Nov. 5 Statesman Journal article, Umatilla County is among those being considered for classification with a ÒHigh Intensity Drug Trafficking AreaÓ designation from the Federal Government. Experts say rural areas are attractive to meth producers (For the full story, please see the January 29, 2002 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)