The drug is called Methamphetamine or "Meth". It is produced in clandestine laboratories. "Meth" can be easily cooked using common household chemicals made in conjunction with asthma or cold remedies sold over the counter, or in a more elaborate fashion using chemicals purchased through the Internet.
Clandestine Laboratory Indicators:
A large amount of cold tablet containers that list Ephedrine or Pseudoephedrine as ingredients
Jars containing clear liquid with a white colored solid on the bottom.
Jars labeled as containing Iodine or dark shiny metallic purple crystals inside of jars.
Jars labeled as containing Red Phosphorus or a fine dark red or purple powder.
Coffee filters containing a white pasty substance, a dark red sludge, or small amounts of shiny white crystals.
Bottles labeled as containing Sulfuric Acid or Hydrochloric Acid.
Bottles or jars with rubber tubing attached.
Glass cookware or frying pans containing a powdery residue.
An unusually large number of cans of Coleman Fuel, paint thinner, acetone, starting fluid, Red Devil Lye, and drain cleaners containing Sulfuric Acid or bottles containing Muriatic Acid.
Soft silver or gray metallic ribbon (in chunk form) stored in oil or Kerosene.
Propane tanks with fittings that have turned blue.
Occupants of residence going outside to smoke.
Strong smells like ether, ammonia or acetone.
Clan Labs are extremely dangerous. Many of the chemicals found in these labs are very corrosive or flammable. The vapors that are evolved from the chemical reactions attack mucous membranes, skin, eyes, respiratory tract. Some chemicals will react with water or other chemicals and cause a fire or explosion.
Effects on Brain
"Meth" initially sends the brain a feeling of pleasure, but as the drug is abused the pleasurable feeling is lost. The "Meth" abuser suffers the same addiction cycle as crack cocaine abusers. The biggest difference, however, is that while crack binges rarely last more than 72 hours, meth binges can last up to 2 weeks.
Under the effects of "Meth", you'll become agitated and feel "wired". Their behavior can become very unpredictable. They can be friendly and calm one moment and turn angry and paranoid the next. The abuse of "Meth" drives most people into a depression which leads into paranoia, and aggression.
The following is a generic description of various types of booby-traps which have been encountered by law enforcement personnel at clan lab sites.
Light switches wired to flammable liquid containers, booby-trapped light bulbs or other explosive devices.
Refrigerator doors (and their internal light bulbs) wired to detonate with explosive liquid when opened.
Video tape cassettes altered to detonate an internal explosive when placed into a video player.
Monofilament trip lines connected to chemical or explosive booby-traps and/or fishing hooks.
Attack dogs and poisonous/dangerous snakes.
Pipe bombs, weapons and other obvious devices.
Minimizing the Effects of a Booby-Trap
Visually check everything before you touch it.
Check all furniture before you use it.
Be careful with electrical appliances. Do not use light switches or interior lights while inside a building. Do not open refrigerators or other electrically charges appliances.
Do not open any container without first giving it a thorough exterior inspection before touching it.
Do not consume any food or beverage while in the suspect building. Chemical contamination may occur through air particulate matter or contact with your food.
Use your eyes, nose, and ears when inside a booby-trapped area. Stay alert and be ready for anything.
For more information or to report a Methamphetamine Lab in your area contact the Special Investigations Division at (850) 747-4700 ext. 2700 or send email to email@example.com