Sergeant Jason Sharp, with the Gage County Sheriff’s Department, explains what to look for in rural areas, which may indicate the presence of a makeshift meth lab.
“When you’re out on the roads, working on the roads, and you see trash on the side of the road, things to look for, a lot of it’s just trash but sometimes it might be a shake-and-bake lab or just waste from a mobile meth lab,” Sharp says. “If it is waste, you don’t want to touch it, you want to stay away from it.”
Such trash might include empty blister packs of pseudoephedrine, Coleman fuel cans, plastic bottles with tubes extending from them, chemical containers, lithium batteries, acetone and anhydrous ammonia containers.
Sharp says meth addicts frequently resort to other crimes to feed their addiction.
“A lot of people who are addicted to methamphetamine are desperate,” he says. “Everybody knows about stealing scrap metal, damaging pivots, stealing the copper and metal from there, burglaries, breaking into abandoned buildings, breaking into sheds, garages, houses.”
Sharp says methamphetamine use and distribution is not just a big city problem. Local law officers have made arrests in recent months where larger amounts of the drug and significant stashes of cash have been recovered.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice