Although Methamphetamine can be produced or cooked in many different locations there are certain warning signs that may indicate a drug house
Making or cooking methamphetamine requires minimal training and experience and limited amounts of equipment and chemicals, both of which are relatively inexpensive. Meth Labs can be found in almost any location, from houses, apartments, cars, rental storage units and motorhomes. There are many external recognition clues alluding to a meth lab. Some of the common warning signs of a suspected meth lab include:
Discolouration of structures, soil and pavement or driveway
Increased security systems or other devices
Though there are tell-tale signs of a meth lab previously being used in a home, unit, hotel, car, abandoned building or motor home, sometimes you can’t tell for sure until it’s too late. However, there are resources and techniques you can use to investigate the potential meth lab:
Did you ever see any of the following equipment at the property?
Did you ever see any of the follow trash and rubbish at the property?
Rags with red or yellow stains
Coffee filters with red stains
Did you ever smell any of the following strong or unusual odours?
Pungent, acrid or sour
Did you ever see any of the following external conditions at the property?
Windows covered with aluminium foil or plastic
Discolouration of structures, pavement, soil or driveway
Have you ever experienced any of the following symptoms when in the property or after leaving?
Shortness of breath
The following, often in combination, may indicate the presence of a methamphetamine laboratory:
Unusual odours including ether, ammonia, acetone, or other chemicals
Frequent visitors, particularly at unusual times
Extensive security measures or attempts to ensure privacy
Secretive or unfriendly occupants
Excessive amounts of trash, particularly chemical containers, coffee filters or pieces of cloth that are stained red, and duct tape rolls
Curtains always drawn or windows covered with aluminium foil or blackened on residences, garages, sheds, or other structures
Evidence of chemical waste or dumping
If you suspect that someone in your neighbourhood is operating a methamphetamine laboratory, report your concerns to the local police department immediately. For your own safety, do not investigate the suspected laboratory or confront the occupants. In addition to the hazards discussed above, many laboratories are equipped with security devices or booby traps that could cause serious injuries or death.