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Meth Labs

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. 

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