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      Summit County leads state for meth labs

      Summit County sheriff's drug unit found another 85 meth lab sites in 2013.

      AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say northeast Ohio's Summit County is a hotbed of methamphetamine production.

      The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the county sheriff's drug unit found another 85 meth lab sites in 2013.

      The multi-jurisdictional group now has identified more than 900 meth labs and places where meth equipment was dumped in Summit County since 2001. That's more than in any other Ohio county.

      The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network says in a new drug trend report that the availability of meth has increased in the Akron-Canton area, partly because the drug has become easier to make.

      The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Clandestine Laboratory Register lists 395 meth sites in Summit. Highland County, in southwest Ohio, is a distant second with 58.(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)