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Spring Meth Lab Madness

     A sad new spring tradition seems to have appeared in the area: The discovery of meth lab remains by residents getting out into the warmer weather.

     The remnants of seven discarded meth labs were found around the area just on Saturday alone, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department. Most were discarded along county roads after someone finished making the illegal drug -- they wanted to get rid of the tell-tale remains that could get them arrested, or injured by the chemicals involved. One of the labs was discovered near a parking lot in Chain O' Lakes State Park.

     Although people clearing ditches or taking walks often uncovered the lab trash, in one case the discovery was made when a Kendallville area resident's dog dragged a bottle with a white substance in it onto the porch.

     Everyone is asked to use extreme caution if they encounter the materials, which often consist of plastic bottles with a white substance inside. There may also be small plastic bags, straws, or tubes, in addition to other material. The chemicals involved sometimes aren't completely mixed and can come into contact when the containers are moved, causing toxic gasses to be released. In late March the remains of a lab ignited alongside a roadway near Albion, causing a small grass fire.

     Anyone finding suspected meth trash is asked to call the police and report the location, but not touch the substance.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 10th, 2011 09:40 am (UTC)
How lovely.
Apr. 11th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, it looks like I have to add to the very short list of things I don't like about warmer weather.
Apr. 10th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
sadly this is an issue here too
Apr. 11th, 2011 05:29 am (UTC)
All over the place. It's so incredibly addicted, it can't be stopped just by sticking someone in jail for a few days.
Apr. 11th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
at his point I'm a little afraid for pharamcists since they're getting held up at gun point so often now
Apr. 12th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Tell me about it -- my daughter's a pharmacy tech.
Apr. 12th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
yeah at this point the only thing scarier is convienence store clerk. here's to her safety
Apr. 11th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Meth labs are a problem down here also. Most of my work seems to revolve around them.
Apr. 11th, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
Meth labs are huge all over, thanks to the drug being so addictive and so relatively cheap to make. Those people don't just bail out of jail and reconsider their life choices -- they're seriously, *seriously* addicted.
Apr. 12th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
Eek poor dog who found it! Hope he/she was okay!
Apr. 12th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
I can't say for sure, but there wasn't anything in the report about it getting hurt so I think it's okay.
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