Drug arrests spiked in Mississippi during the fiscal year that ended June 30 and the head of the state Bureau of Narcotics says an increase in methamphetamine labs and prescription drug abuse is the reason why.
MBN director Marshall Fisher said there were 2,944 arrests in Mississippi this past fiscal year, about 524 more than in the previous fiscal year.
And Fisher says investigators have found 223 meth labs in the state so far this calendar year, a 50 percent increase from the same time period in 2008.
Fisher said 104 people in Mississippi have died from overdoses in 2009. He said there were 175 deaths last year.