Slang—Speed, Meth, Crank, Crystal, Tweak,
Ice, Glass, Gas
PRESENTED BY THE SAMPSON COUNTY METHAMPHETAMINE TASK FORCE
12 CLUES FOR RECOGNIZING METH LABS
- The mixing of unusual chemicals in a house, garage or barn
by persons not involved in the chemical industry.
- Possession of unusual materials such as large amounts of
over-the-counter allergy/cold/diet medications (containing
ephedrine or pseudoephedrine), or large quantities of solvents
such as Acetone, Coleman Fuel, Toluene, etc.
- The possession of chemical glassware by someone not involved
in the chemical field.
- Unusual amounts of clear glass containers being brought
into the home.
- Late night secretive activity in a rural/farm area. Lots
of traffic: People coming and going at unusual times. There
may be little traffic during the day, but at night, the activity
- Unusual, strong odors (like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone
or other chemicals).
- Residences with operating fans in windows in cold weather.
- Residences with windows blacked out.
- Renters who pay their landlord in cash. (Most drug dealers
trade exclusively in cash.)
- Excessive trash including large amounts of items such as:
Antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, red chemically stained
coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape.
- Chemical odors coming from sheds, outbuildings, other structures,
fields, orchards, campsites, or especially vehicles (older
model cars and pickup trucks, vans and rental/moving vans)
etc. Items are usually kept covered up in vehicles.
- Boxes or
drums with corrosive, flammable, poison, or other “safety” placards.