TALENT — Police found a working methamphetamine lab in a rural Talent home last Thursday, sheriff's officials said.

TALENT — Police found a working methamphetamine lab in a rural Talent home last Thursday, sheriff's officials said.

Jackson County Narcotics Enforcement Team (JACNET) officers searched the home and found chemicals, methamphetamine, packaging and other evidence that suggests methamphetamine was being produced at the home, Jackson County sheriff's officials said in a news release.

Police are searching for the suspect who lives at the home, officials said.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters did not immediately return phone calls late Tuesday seeking further comment.

Meth labs have been on the decline throughout Oregon since 2001, according to the Oregon Department of Justice.

Jackson County recorded six labs in each of the past two years, down from 17 in 2003 and 2004.

Eighteen labs were shut down across the state last year, down from 63 in 2006.

Local police attribute the decline to the 2005 law regulating cold pills containing pseudoephedrine, a key meth ingredient.

Pills containing pseudoephedrine have been available by request only and are kept behind pharmacy counters since July 2006. A government-issued ID is required to buy them.

Sheriff's deputies late last month arrested a Klamath Falls man on felony drug charges after discovering a mobile meth lab inside his car during a traffic stop on Avenue G and Agate Road in White City.