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Discussion in 'Methamphetamine' started by Alfa, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member Administrator

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    Jan 14, 2003
    117 y/o from The Netherlands

    Your nose and a little common sense can go a long way in helping the RCMP
    find and shut down methamphetamine labs.

    The two biggest indicators there may be a meth lab in your neighbourhood are
    strong acidic smells, part of the cooking process.

    "The majority of cooks do it at night," said Sanderson.

    Another indicator is increasing totals of garbage on or near the residence,
    said Sgt. Ian Sanderson of the RCMP's Drug Awareness Service-Red Deer North.

    When it comes to waste piles, a tip-off to a possible meth lab includes an
    unusual number of of discarded coffee filters, rock salt materials and bed
    sheets, which are often stained with a red-pasty substance.

    Meth super labs are mostly located in the larger urban centres, but movement
    of these labs to smaller centres is a distinct possibility, Sanderson said.

    "When the heat is on they tend to move to the rural areas."

    Despite this possibility, Sanderson said police haven't noticed more meth
    labs in rural areas at this time.

    Possible meth labs often have a lot of visitors and traffic at various times
    throughout the day.

    In larger rural centres, the theft of quantities of anhydrous ammonia from
    farms has been reported. The substance is used in meth production. Rural
    crime watch groups in the area have been advised to watch for strangers
    hanging around farm buildings, said Sanderson.

    Theft of meth materials is something his section is constantly monitoring.

    "We're trying to get a snapshot of what that situation is," said Sanderson.

    The best way to protect yourself from theft is to get lock boxes installed
    on all storage tanks, as this is often enough to discourage thieves, he

    Meth, as opposed to other drugs, is cheap and gives a longer lasting high
    that other illicit materials -- between 12 and 16 hours, compared to
    cocaine, which is two to three hours.

    Unlike other drugs, meth is highly addictive and can hook a person after the
    first or second hit.