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Police Department, Crime Prevention

 

 

Methamphetamines

 

Anonymous Drug Reporting Hotline - 303 - 651 - 8585

 

WHAT IS METHAMPHETAMINE?


Methamphetamine is a stimulant. Nicknames include meth, crank, glass, speed, crystal, STP and others. Until the price of cocaine began dropping, meth was known an "the poor man's cocaine." Meth is usually ingested, snorted or injected. A more dangerous form of Methamphetamine, "ice," can be smoked.

While some Methamphetamine sold on the street is white, much of it is yellowish, or even brown, and is sometimes the consistency of damp powdered sugar. The drug has a strong medicinal smell. It is often sold in tiny "Ziploc" type plastic bags.

Besides being illegal, clandestine laboratories are extremely dangerous. Possible risks include explosions, fire, exposure to toxic chemicals, and even unintended confrontation with armed meth "cooks." In addition, the costs can be high - toxic contamination left behind must be cleaned to State specifications.

IF YOU FIND A METH LAB

Leave immediately. You will not know which chemicals are present, whether or not the place is booby trapped, or how clean the operation is. Don't stay to figure it out! Do not open containers or attempt to smell any item or the contents of any container. Do not turn on, turn off, or unplug anything. Do not touch anything!
If you are not sure you have discovered a lab, but think you may have, don't stay and investigate. Make a mental note of what has made you suspicious and get out.

What do I look for?

WHAT EVERY RETAILER SHOULD KNOW

WHAT CAN I DO?

 

 

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Chemicals and Equipment Frequently found at Methamphetamine Lab Sites:

Household Equipment List

Tempered Glass Baking Dishes
Glass Pie Dishes
Glass or Plastic Jugs
Bottles
Measuring Cup
Turkey Baster
Glass Jars
Funnels
Coffee Filters
Blender
Rubber Tubing
Paper Towels
Rubber Gloves
Gasoline Can
Plastic Tote Box
Plastic Jugs
Tape
Clamps
Hotplate
Strainer
Aluminum Foil
Propane Cylinder (20-lb)
Books (Meth lab Instruction)

Chemical (Source)

Ephedrine (Cold & Allergy Medicine)
Pseudoephedrine (Cold & Allergy Medicine)
Alcohol (Rubbing/Gasoline Additive)
Toluene (Brake Cleaner)
Ether (Engine Starter)
Sulfuric Acid (Drain Cleaner)
Methanol (Gasoline Additive)
Lithium (Camera Batteries)
Trichloroethane (Gun Scrubber)
Anhydrous Ammonia (Farm Fertilizer)
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Red Phosphorus (Matches)
Iodine (Veterinarian Products)
Sodium Metal (Can be made from Lye)
MSM (Animal Product)
Table Salt/Rock Salt
Kerosene
Gasoline
Muriatic Acid
Campfire Fuel
Paint Thinner
Acetone

 

For further information please contact the
Police Programs Coordinator at 303 - 774 - 4440.