IS THERE A METH LAB COOKIN' IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
Manufacturing of Methamphetamine
Hazards of Meth Ingredients
Many people may be unaware that they're living near
a meth lab. Meth labs turn up in houses, barns, apartments, trailers,
campers, cabins and motel rooms – even the backs of pickups. The
equipment for a meth lab can be as small as to fit in a duffel bag, a
cardboard box or the trunk of a car.
Here are some things to look for in identifying a meth
- Unusual, strong odors (like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone
or other chemicals).
- Residences with windows blacked out.
- Renters who pay their landlords in cash. (Most drug dealers
trade exclusively in cash.)
- Lots of traffic - people coming and going at unusual times.
There may be little traffic during the day, but at night the
activity increases dramatically.
- Excessive trash including large amounts of items such as:
antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, red chemically stained
coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape.
- Unusual amounts of clear glass containers being brought into the
- Windows blacked out or covered by aluminum foil, plywood,
sheets, blankets, etc.
- Secretive / protective area surrounding the residence (like
video cameras, alarm systems, guard dogs, reinforced doors,
- Persons exiting the structure to smoke
- Little traffic during the day, but high traffic at late hours;
including different vehicles arriving and staying for short periods
- Little or no mail, furniture, visible trash and no newspaper
Presence of the following items could indicate the existence of a
Camp Stove Fuel/Coleman Fuel
Lye (Red Devil Lye)
Battery Acid/Sulfuric Acid