Laurel County 's 113 meth busts made it second only to Jefferson County and its 154. Rounding out the top five were Warren, Barren and Hardin counties.
"We have a problem and I think everybody in the county knows we've got a problem," says Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Sheriff Root made methamphetamine his biggest concern when he took office just last month. Now he believes his team is well on its way to surpassing last year's number of meth busts.
"I don't think we can ever stop it, but we can sure slow it down."
Sheriff Root's in charge of a county where the problem is prevalent. Even though it ranks right behind Jefferson County, the two are very different in population. Jefferson County averaged one meth lab bust per 4,686 people. Laurel County -- with far fewer people -- averaged one meth bust per just 511.