RALEIGH, N.C. — The state is getting some new weapons to combat dangerous methamphetamine labs.
Gov. Mike Easley announced Wednesday a grant of more than $500,000 to buy two new mobile response vehicles. Some of the equipment in the vehicles include infrared gas detectors, decontamination showers and breathing equipment.
The two new units bring the total to five. The goal is to have nine units -- one for each SBI district in the state.
"It's going to be a problem that is going to affect every single county in North Carolina," attorney general Roy Cooper said.
Right now, someone convicted of manufacturing meth who does not have a record will not get any active prison time. Easley said he plans to ask the General Assembly to toughen penalties for manufacturing meth.