The Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office are warning all roadside clean-up volunteers to be on the alert for meth lab waste.
The debris from illicit methamphetamine labs can be toxic, according to Inspector William Holland of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
“Watch out for 2-liter plastic bottles with a liquid that does not look like the original contents,” Holland said.
He said the contents could look cloudy with specks of metal in it.
“Call your local police immediately. Don’t touch it, don’t smell it and don’t shake it,” Holland advises. “It is very explosive.”
Illicit methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant which can be made using common household chemicals, household implements and cold remedies, according to Holland.
Entire meth labs may be found in tool boxes, coolers or other storage containers, he said.
“We even find people driving around with meth labs in their car trunks. It’s like a mobile bomb,” Holland said.
Mobile meth labs are becoming more common, with the perpetrators discarding their trash along the roadway, according to Holland.
Hudson Police Chief David Robbins said the sheriff’s warning is best directed at folks picking up trash along the roadway, like youth groups and Scout troops.
“If it doesn’t look right, don’t pick it up,” he said.