How to Spot a Meth Lab
WHAT IS METHAMPHETAMINE?
Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant drug that dramatically affects the central nervous system. It is usually illegally produced and distributed.
Meth comes in several forms, including powder, crystal, rocks, and tablets. When it comes in the crystal form it is called “crystal meth.”
Meth is often manufactured or “cooked” in very crude laboratories. Many of these labs are not sophisticated operations and do not require sophisticated chemistry equipment. And the people who cook the meth usually do not have any chemistry training. Cooking meth is relatively simple, but highly dangerous and toxic.
Scenes of meth lab explosions, as pictured to the right, can be extremely dangerous if not handled correctly.
There are two basic categories of meth labs:
Superlabs produce large quantities of meth and supply organized drug trafficking groups that sell the drug in communities across the U.S.
Small Toxic Labs produce smaller quantities of meth. These “rolling labs” can be set up in homes, motel rooms, inside automobiles, and in parks or rural areas – really almost anywhere.