FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) As the weather gets warmer and more people are walking, jogging and riding bikes outside, police want to make sure people know how to recognize meth lab remnants and what to do when they are found.
Trash left behind by those who have made meth may have chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and acidic. The chemicals could cause an explosion and could burn skin.
Sergeant Mike Toles and Master Trooper Andy Smith, with the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section, sent the following tips out for the public:
- Meth cooks are using a variety of containers to manufacture their product. A popular container is the one and a half gallon gas can. These cans appear to be new and have been found along the roadside by unknowing people who believe that they have found a new gas can and end up with a working meth lab.
- Other Items to be aware of include battery casings, Ziploc style bags, empty blister packs, and containers (pop-bottles, jars, etc.) that contain a granular material. They may or may not have a tube extending out of the top depending on whether it is a hydrochloric gas generator (HCL) or a one pot reaction. Both of these are extremely hazardous.
- Be aware of any type of cylinder found in an odd place (middle of a field, ditch line, wooded area) that has a modified valve. The valve will typically be modified in some way and will have a bright blue color to it. These cylinders are used to store or transport anhydrous ammonia, which is an extremely dangerous gas when direct contact or inhalation has occurred.