Recognizing a meth lab

By Brandon Troullier - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A clandestine lab is the most common way of creating the drug crystal meth. These hidden labs are very dangerous, and cleaning up after one and making it environmentally safe requires an extensive cleanup that can cost as much as $150,000.

Some signs are:

-Occupants have frequent visitors and late-night activity

-Occupants appear to be unemployed, but have plenty of money

-Occupants are secretive, suspicious and behave strangely

-Occupants smoke outside

-Building has extensive security, no trespassing warnings, or concealment

-Windows are blackened or always covered

-There are large amounts of cold medicine packages lying around

-There are jars, bottles, rubber tubes and buckets around

-There are coffee filters containing sludge of shiny crystals

-There are a large number of household chemicals such as drain opener, lye, or paint thinner

-Strong chemical odors are present

This information - plus more - can be found in the magazine "Let's all work to fight Drug Abuse" published by the L.A.W. Publications.

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