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Meth Lab Indicators
- A large amount of cold tablet containers that list Ephedrine or Pseudo-ephedrine as ingredients.
- Jars containing clear liquid with a white or red colored solid on the bottom.
- Jars labeled as containing Iodine or dark shiny metallic purple crystals inside of jars.
- Jars labeled as containing Red Phosphorus or a fine dark red or purple powder.
- Coffee filters containing a white pasty substance, dark red sludge, or small amounts of shiny white crystals.
- Bottles labeled as containing Sulfuric, Muriatic or Hydrochloric Acid. • Bottles or jars with rubber tubing attached.
- Glass cookware or frying pans containing a powdery residue.
- An unusually large number of cans of camp fuel, paint thinner, acetone, starting fluid, Lye (Sodium Hydroxide), and drain cleaners containing Sulfuric Acid or bottles containing Muriatic Acid.
- Large amounts of lithium batteries, especially ones that have been stripped.
- Soft silver or gray metallic ribbon (in chunk form) stored in oil or Kerosene.
- Propane tanks with fittings that have turned blue.
- Occupants of residence going outside to smoke.
- Strong smell of urine, or unusual chemical smells like ether, ammonia or acetone.
What to do if you encounter a Meth Lab
- DO NOT touch anything in the lab.
- DO NOT turn on any electrical power switches or light switches.
- DO NOT turn off any electrical power switches or light switches.
- DO NOT eat or drink in or around a lab.
- DO NOT open or move containers with chemicals or suspected chemicals.
- DO NOT smoke anywhere near a lab.
- DO NOT sniff any containers.
- DO decontaminate yourself and your clothing.
- DO wash your hands and face thoroughly.
- DO call your local authorities or DEA district office.