The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit published the state wide statistics for dismantled Meth Labs throughout the state. Madison County, located in the Pendleton District, has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of Meth labs discovered and dismantled so far this year. There have been 54 Labs dismantled in Madison County through July.
Delaware County, also in the Pendleton District, is currently ranked tenth in the state, with units saying they have dismantled several labs there since August. Nate Raney, Meth Suppression Unit member at Pendleton, said “Our district total last year was at 101 labs, and we are already at 100 for 2012. Delaware County has spiked with lab numbers recently, and could finish in the top five of the state.”
Signs to look for Meth manufacturing are a strong ammonia smell, or solvent smell like an auto body shop. Look for air line type rubber tubing, ether or camp fuel cans, plastic bottles, Pseudoephedrine packages, lithium battery casings, and propane tanks with a blue or green discoloration around the valve. The chemicals are highly explosive and fumes are toxic to breath and will damage internal organs.
Units continue to check pseudoephedrine logs at businesses, and follow up on tips received. Often times Meth Labs are found as a result of an anonymous tip from a neighbor or friend. Anyone with information about illegal drug use may call the Pendleton Post at 1-800-527-4752, or the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Tips can be made and kept anonymous. The Indiana Meth Investigation System or IMIS, can also take tips on meth labs. Just go to www.meth.in.gov and click on the “Report Suspected Meth Activity” Link.
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