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:
- Strong odours (acrid, sour, ammonia, solvents, pungent)
- Windows covered with foils or plastics
- Renters who pay landlords cash
- Excessive trash and rubbish
- Unusual structures
- Increased activity, especially at night
- 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?
- Propane tanks
- Scuba tanks
- Camping stoves
- Chemical bottles
- Fire extinguishes
- Soda dispenses
Did you ever see any of the follow trash and rubbish at the property?
- Rags with red or yellow stains
- Rubber hoses
- Coffee filters with red stains
- Chemical bottles
- Excessive rubbish
Did you ever smell any of the following strong or unusual odours?
- Rotten eggs
- Pungent, acrid or sour
Did you ever see any of the following external conditions at the property?
- Blocked windows
- Burned glass
- Rigged vents
- 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?
- Dry mouth
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains