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Meth Lab

 
 
Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 07:51 pm
Anybody informed on the operation of a meth lab? There is a house in my neighborhood that some residents are telling me has one. When the people there lost their power due to not paying the bill, they ran a generator for two days. Talk was, it kept the meth lab going. Last night, they had a UHaul truck backed up near the house and were moving around with the help of a small flashlight. The truck was gone today, but right now it is backed up to the house again, in the dark. Anybody have an idea what is going on?
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 08:02 pm
@edgarblythe,
It certainly sounds suspicious.

Around here, you can't sell a drug lab house without disclosure - often can't get insurance, so they're pretty much tear-down houses.

Since they're often booby-trapped, they're houses no one wants to mess with.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 08:05 pm
@edgarblythe,
The only thing I know about meth labs is that it was a key plot point in Stephen King's latest novel, Under the Dome. EB? If you have a hallucination or nightmare involving burning pumpkins? You're entire town is in serious trouble!!
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 08:11 pm
@edgarblythe,
Your city may have a similar reporting method. I can't remember what city in Texas you live so can't help with the search. This one is from Boulder, CO.

http://www.bouldercounty.org/health/meth/labs/id.htm

How to ID a Meth Lab

A clandestine drug laboratory becomes an emergency immediately upon discovery.

Call 911 immediately or the Boulder County Drug Task Force at 303-441-xxxx (I blanked the number).

There are many possible ways to ID a meth lab. You can look for some of the following indicators:

Unusually strong odors

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Cat urine.
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Ether.
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Ammonia, acetone, other chemicals, or strong scent of fuel.



Suspicious Behavior

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Windows blacked out.
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Payment in cash.
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Lots of traffic (at unusual times, night time).
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Excessive trash, including beakers, duct tape, or neon-stained coffee filters.
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Large amounts of over-the-counter drug containers, including products containing ephedrine or pseudophedrine such as Sudafed. This is usually evident by the number of empty blister packs in the trash.
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Unusual amount of clear glass containers.


WARNING: Never open a trash bag to try to identify the contents! Inhaling the toxic gasses associated with Meth lab waste can be very dangerous, even fatal.

Damage to Property

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Discoloration of walls, especially brown iodine stains.
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Corroded gas canisters.
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Excessive amount of trash that includes numerous Coleman fuel or HEET containers.



Do not take chances!

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Do not enter an apartment or other structure that may house a meth lab. Meth labs are very hazardous, potentially explosive environments.
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Do not approach tenants if you suspect they are producing meth. Use of or exposure to meth may cause paranoia and violent behavior.
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Do not open trash or other containers that may contain meth materials. A bag of meth by-products can be fatal if inhaled directly.


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chai2
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 08:17 pm
Do you smell anything strange?

Meth labs use a lot of toxic chemicals in the production.

Ammonia, bleach, cleaning products, etc.

Are the people living there tweeky looking?
chai2
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 08:18 pm
@chai2,
oops, Btrfly just covered it all.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 08:18 pm
@edgarblythe,
I'd call the local constabulary. Those things can explode big time.

I'd also maybe do it anonymously, from a pay phone.....

chai2
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 08:20 pm
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:

Those things can explode big time.




Yeah, that's what happened Under the Dome.

Well, Chef acutally blew it up, but, same result.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 08:25 pm
The people living there are the subject of a thread I started
http://able2know.org/topic/137841-1
They burn lots of trash, but I don't get close enough to know what it all is. I did note last night they had lots of plastic items on their burn pile. But it looked to be household garbage. The fire dept has come out a few times to stop their burning, but they did not appear to notice anything. It may not be meth at all. I am just repeating the accusations made by some neighbors. And the only foul smell I have noted is when they burn trash.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 08:35 pm
@edgarblythe,
I've only known one person who was then off meth, and chased me around my house. Good thing I yelled back, that day at that time.

Helps to be a bitch.


Sometimes.

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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 08:36 pm
@ehBeth,
In my case, I contacted the landlord, re the places across the street.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 09:00 pm
I've been operating a meth lab in our guest bed room for 6 years now with no complaints from our neighbors. we need the $ for our medical expenses. Other than lots of car traffic at all hours of day and night I don't think anyone has noticed.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 09:02 pm
@dyslexia,
What is your point? So far, it's lame.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 09:03 pm
@ossobuco,
don't have one, what's yours?
ebrown p
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 09:12 pm
@dyslexia,
I have found that if you keep lots of actual cats around, people don't get so suspicious of the odor.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 09:13 pm
@edgarblythe,
whatever the game they are playing, ed, it sounds best left alone.

knowwhaddimean?

good luck...
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 09:17 pm
@ebrown p,
ebrown p wrote:
I have found that if you keep lots of actual cats around, people don't get so suspicious of the odor.

I knew a guy in college. He was a "cat breeder". Turned out to be one crazy MF'r, too, when he got behind and owed someone money.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 09:28 pm
I have heard that in colder climates the snow melts of the roofs of meth houses because of all the heat used.
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Diane
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 09:29 pm
Good grief, Egar, what if Tsarstepan is right? Have you had suspicions about burning pumkins or had hallucinations? Yikes!!

Btrflynet's information was spot on. And so was Dys, in terms of unusual traffic at odd times.

Calling the police is the best bet, I would think.

Btw, This also happens to be the bane of landlords.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 3 Apr, 2010 09:34 pm
Still waying opshuns. Not a fan of letting them know I care.
 

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