The Top States For Meth Labs and What To Watch For
By Dorraine Fisher (TCC Team Member)
|Meth Lab set up in the woods|
There are always a lot of things to be concerned about when you’re hiking the wilderness areas. Water, food, communication, insects, snakes, injuries, seeing Bigfoot (if you’re lucky), and predatory animals are all things to consider before you start walking. Often the last thing you’ll think about is the humans out there hiding in the remote areas forging illegal activities like cooking up meth on private and public lands. And the real danger is, they’ll do anything to protect their investment, including killing you and dumping your body somewhere it will never be found. So it pays to ad this to your list of precautions before you go hiking anywhere.
Meth labs seizures are on the rise since new reports last year. Many operators have moved into urban and suburban areas. But disturbing numbers of clan labs have still have been discovered in rural areas. Public lands, that hikers often occupy, are used for this activity since there is no confiscation of the land if arrests are made. And here are the top 10 states to be concerned about:
9. North Carolina
10. South Carolina
But how do you know what to look out for?
Some warning signs include:
• Noticing unusual chemical odors in isolated areas
• People seen stepping outside their building to smoke
• Plastic bottles with hoses attached
• Red stained coffee filters
• Large numbers of matchbooks lying around with the strikers removed.
• Any objects that look like science lab equipment
• Large numbers of stripped lithium batteries lying around
• Heet, STP, or Red Devil Lye containers
• Sulfuric acid, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, or hydrochloric acid
• Discarded boxes and blister packs of ephedrine and pseudo-ephedrine
• Red phosphorous road flares
• Any abandoned buildings that have been fortified in some way
• Propane tanks with fittings that have a blue tinge
Always be careful about approaching any unknown, run down structures, cabins, or RV’s, in the remote areas that seem abandoned but have a lot of debris lying thrown around including the objects mentioned above. You may possibly come across evidence of chemicals and containers that have been dumped in nearby streams, on hillsides, and in ravines.
Keep in mind that just because your state isn’t mentioned here, that you’re completely safe. These are only the top ten. Any state with remote areas is subject to danger.
Be aware and be safe out there. ************
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