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State attorney general says 80% of meth labs are in southeast Kansas

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he supports a new drug court.  It's a type of court that not only issues jail sentences, but focuses on rehabilitation for people convicted of drug crimes.

Attorney General Schmidt is supporting the court following the release of new drug prosecution numbers.

Thirty-five people in Kansas were convicted by the attorney general for meth crimes that resulted in prison sentences of five or more years in prison.  The attorney general says most of those 35 cases were because of help from police in Southeast Kansas.

He says 80% of the state's meth labs are in our part of the state.

Schmidt likes the idea of new drug courts but he says finding funding for the system can be frustrating.

"It's worked a good effect in many communities but they do tend to be somewhat expensive and there were federal monies, sort of readily available some years ago, those have dried up and it's been very difficult, especially for the communities that don't have a large tax base in and of themselves to stand up and do drug courts," says Schmidt.

Schmidt says his office and local police will simply have to continue current efforts to decrease drug crime numbers.

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