Now that spring is finally here, many people are taking walks, jogging and riding bicycles on local roadways. In doing so, they may inadvertently come across the toxic remnants of a methamphetamine lab. The byproducts of meth production are also flammable, corrosive and acidic and could cause an explosion or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin. Officers with the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section say people who cook the drug are using a variety of containers. One that’s become popular is the 1.5 gallon gas can. If you find one that looks new along the roadside, there’s a good chance it’s a working meth lab.
Plastic pop bottles and glass or plastic jars are also used to make meth. An empty container with granular material and possibly a tube coming out of the top is extremely hazardous. Battery casings, zipper sandwich bags and empty cold medication blister packs are also signs of recent meth production.
Farmers and others should also be aware of any type of cylinder with a modified, bright blue valve found in an odd place like the middle of a field, ditch line or wooded area. Such cylinders are used to store or transport anhydrous ammonia. It is an extremely dangerous gas when it comes into direct contact with the skin or is inhaled.
If you find any of these types of trash, do not touch anything. Call your local Indiana State Police post. Contact information is available here: http://www.in.gov/isp/2382.htm . Anyone with questions or concerns about meth can contact the ISP Meth Suppression Section at (877) 855-METH or visit www.meth.in.gov.