Discarded meth labs are becoming more and more common for Sheriff’s officials who investigate complaints.
Over the past weekend, two more discarded meth labs were located on Blue Sky Lane, seven miles south of London, on Sunday afternoon and on Laurel River Church Road, six miles south of London, on Saturday afternoon. Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Turner answered both complaint calls in which a meth lab was found in some woods behind a residence on Blue Sky Lane. In the second investigation, Turner found a meth lab lying beside the road in a creek on Laurel River Church Road.
No suspects have been located and no arrests have been made in either case. However, officials with the Department of Public Safety were contacted to neutralize both labs.
Laurel Sheriff John Root said when cleanup efforts are being made throughout the county in April, citizens should be aware of how to recognize possible meth labs that may have been discarded in the area.
“Many times a pop bottle is used as the HCL generator,” Root said. “If you see a hole drilled inside the lid or a tube coming out of the top, it’s probably been used for a meth lab.”
In those instances, Root said the bottle could contain toxic chemicals used in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine and should be considered dangerous.
“People are throwing the labs along roadways to dispose of them, and while we don’t want to discourage people from picking up garbage, we want them to be aware of this and to be safe,” Root said.
Anyone finding a pop bottle or container with residue or tubing should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 864-660 or London City Police at 878-7004 to investigate.
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