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Chief Investigator Marc Martin, right, holds a bag of methamphetamine worth approximately $10,000 as he talks with investigator Jody Cavangaugh, left, at the Warren County Sheriff’s office in McMinnville, Tenn. The federal government’s budget crisis has forced a sudden retreat in the nation’s war against methamphetamine, wiping out millions of dollars to clean up secret labs and forcing some police and sheriff’s departments to all but abandon the hunt for new meth producers because they cannot afford it.

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Meth war another budget victim

Police and sheriff’s departments in states that produce much of the nation’s methamphetamine have made a sudden retreat in the war on meth, at times virtually abandoning pursuit of the drug because they can no longer afford to clean up the toxic waste generated by labs.

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