Although meth can be produced or cooked in many different locations there are certain warning signs that may indicate a property has been used to produce the illicit drug and as such, may be contaminated by meth residue.
Making or cooking meth 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.
What to Look Out For
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.
Warning Signs and Equipment
Did you ever see any of the following equipment at the property?
- Propane tanks
- Scuba tanks
- Camping stoves
- Chemical bottles
- Fire extinguishes
- Soda dispenses
The following, often in combination, may indicate the presence of a methamphetamine laboratory:
- 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 traps that could cause serious injuries or death.
Additionally, is meth residue is present, experience counts when it comes to the clean up and remediation. Meth Residue Clean Ups play a pivotal role in maintaining the current standard of safe living in Australian properties. Consequently, meth residue clean ups should only be conducted by professional meth residue clean up technicians.