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|Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is asking
residents to watch for signs of meth lab activity
web posted May 17, 2005
The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to watch for signs of meth lab activity.
Methamphetamine, also known as “crank”, “crystal meth”, or “ice” is no longer a big city problem according to Sheriff Adell Dobey, “This drug has the potential to cause the complete and total destruction of lives, not only for the users, but for those around them,” he said.
Sheriff Dobey said the drug, which produces artificial “highs” that exceed that of cocaine, is being manufactured in homes, businesses, abandoned buildings, hotels/motels, and even vehicles across America. The press release stated one of the reasons for the drugs popularity is the ease in which it can be manufactured.
The ingredients are common and easy to acquire and are then “cooked” in makeshift labs. These labs, according to the release, produce highly toxic fumes and are extremely explosive. The release listed several items for the general public to be watchful of in spotting or suspecting a meth lab activity which are:
Unusual strong odors like cat urine, ammonia, rotten eggs, or dirty diapers
Houses in which the curtains or blinds are blacked out
Dumped items such as red stained coffee filters, drain cleaner, antifreeze, and lantern fuel cans
Aerosol cans of starter fluid with puncture holes in the bottoms
Peeled casings from lithium batteries
Renter who pay in cash
Sheriff Dobey said if you stumble upon one of the labs or suspect one is present, do not touch anything. “Get to a safe location, keeping in mind that you could be contaminated,” the release stated. The Sheriff’s Office also requests you contact them immediately or your local law enforcement agency.
In the event of a fire, do not try to fight the fire rather call 9-1-1 and keep family and friends at least 500 feet away, and upwind, from the fire. The release also stated to inform the firefighters of the probability of a meth lab so precautionary measures may be taken.
“Methamphetamine manufacturing is a dirty dangerous business,” Sheriff Dobey said, “But with the proper amount of awareness the citizens of Edgefield County can help law enforcement identify and shut down these dangerous places.”
Anyone who may have information of a suspected meth lab, or would like more information should contact the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office at 803-637-5337 or 803-278-1625
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