Identification of a Meth Lab
What does a meth lab look like?
- Abnormal amounts of chemical products such as drain cleaner, cold packs, pseudoephedrine tablets, or lithium batteries.
- Strong or irritating pungent odors (Ammonia/Solvents)
- Distinctive trash such as pseudoephedrine packaging, battery casings, and HCL generators (plastic bottles with tubing)
- Indiana State Police Database of Clandestine Lab Addresses: (http://www.in.gov/meth/2371.htm)
- Indiana State Police Photos of Meth Labs: http://www.in.gov/meth/files/What_does_a_Meth_Lab_Look_Like.pdf
- United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) list of some of the addresses where law enforcement agencies have reported illegal drug labs: Click on the state of Indiana within the United States map to view the addresses and read the disclaimer http://www.justice.gov/dea/clan-lab/clan-lab.shtml
- Report Suspected Meth Activity to the Indiana State Police (ISP): http://www.in.gov/meth/2336.htm
- Meth Tip Line 1-800-453-4756
There are four different primary methods to produce methamphetamine.
- Nazi/Birch Reduction
- Red Phosphorus/Hydroiodic Acid
- P2P Amalgam
- Primary Production Methods from the EPA Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup-Hazardous chemicals from household products are used to make methamphetamine for each of the four methods. http://www.epa.gov/oem/meth_lab_guidelines.pdf
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (2013) “Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup”