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ISP: Know the signs of hazardous meth lab garbage

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With favorable spring weather coming our way, people will be spending more time outside, walking, jogging and bike riding on local roadways.

So itís a good time for the Indiana State Police to warn folks of the potential hazard posed by trash left behind by the manufacturers of methamphetamine (meth).

The ISPís Meth Suppression Section wants people to know that this trash may contain chemicals which are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and acidic. And in combination these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire, or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin.

Things to know about meth trash:

* Meth cooks are using a variety of containers to manufacture their product. A popular container is the one and a half gallon gas can. These cans appear to be new and have been found along the roadside by unknowing people who believe that they have found a new gas can and end up with a working meth lab.

* Other items to be aware of include battery casings, Ziploc style bags, empty blister packs, and containers (pop-bottles, jars, etc.) which contain a granular material. They may or may not have a tube extending out of the top depending on whether it is a hydrochloric gas generator (HCL) or a one pot reaction. Both of these are extremely hazardous.

* Be aware of any type of cylinder found in an odd place (middle of a field, ditch line, wooded area) that has a modified valve. The valve will typically be modified in some way and will have a bright blue color to it. These cylinders are used to store or transport anhydrous ammonia, which is an extremely dangerous gas when direct contact or inhalation has occurred.

If you come across this type of trash, do not handle it. Instead, contact the local ISP post, which can be found at

Any questions or concerns about meth can be directed to the Meth Suppression Section at (877) 855-METH or online at


Posted 4/11/2014




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