According to the Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit, the cost of an ounce of methamphetamine has more than doubled in five years. Commander Rob Savage says in 2005, an ounce cost $1,000,and now it's not uncommon to see it for $2,400 an ounce. Savage told the Gadsden Times, meth labs have grown smaller. There were more than 500 meth labs seized last year and 99 percent of those were one-pot labs, sometimes in a two-liter bottle. There 116 meth arrests last year in Etowah County alone, and although there has been a huge crackdown, the problem is still prevalent. An FBI task force is now involved in investigations in this area.