Meth users have devised a way to beat the recession. And they no longer have to bother themselves with rushing out in the elements to score that next hit. No travel time and no rain or snow to trod through to get to the “ice.” No middleman and no waiting.
With Shake and Bake Meth, users can concoct their own deadly fix using only a few cold pills and a dash or two of common household chemicals. Place the mixture into a two-liter bottle and shake. The result…instant methampetamine.
Meth users no longer have to hide in a laboratory made from an old school bus that’s been buried underground.
Entrance to underground meth lab.
No more mobile homes labs that are just waiting to explode. Nope, today’s on-the-go-Meth ingredients can be transported in a backpack and mixed while riding down the road, or in a public restroom.
The shake and bake method of producing meth does have a slight drawback. If there’s any oxygen left in the bottle, and if the user/maker unscrews the bottletop too fast…BOOM! an explosion will occur. And this explosion can create a giant fireball that’s often fatal for the impatient meth user.
Another hazard of producing meth in this manner is the amount of toxic waste that’s produced and discarded along the highway. When these people finish the process they simply dump the empty bottles (these bottles contain a highly toxic sludge) on the roadside.
Yes, the number of arrests for meth have begun to rise. The new method of manufacturing meth makes production much easier and faster. Therefore, small-time users are making more and more and using more and more.
Lt. Tim Trowbridge, commander of the Dunklin County, Missouri Drug Task Force, offers these tips for spotting a meth lab in your neighborhood:
* Frequent visitors at all times of the day or night;
* Activity at the house being at odd hours or late at night;
* Occupants appear unemployed, yet seem to have plenty of money and pay bills with cash;
* Occupants are unfriendly, appear secretive about activities;
* Occupants watch cars suspiciously when they pass;
* Extensive security at the home;
* Blackened windows or curtains that are always down;
* Occupants go outside the house to smoke cigarettes;
* Chemical odors coming from the house, garage, or detached buildings;
* Garbage containing numerous bottles and containers;
* Coffee filters, bed sheets, or other material stained from filtering red phosphorus or other chemicals;
* Occupants set their garbage for pick up in another neighbor’s collection area.
* Evidence of chemical or waste dumping, such as burn pits or “dead spots” in the yard.
*Detective Trowbridge’s tips from The Daily Dunklin Democrat