CODY, Wyo. — State investigators have recovered the remnants of a mobile methamphetamine lab dumped off the highway near here.
Tom Ehlers, Park County undersheriff, said a citizen flagged down a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper on Highway 14-16-20 a few miles west of Cody on Sunday afternoon.
“The Highway Patrol requested a sheriff’s deputy and the state Division of Criminal Investigation,” said Ehlers. “They responded and confirmed that it appeared to be the remnants of a mobile meth lab.”
Kebin Haller, deputy director of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, said the material is being processed for evidence.
Haller said no methamphetamine or hazardous chemicals were present at the site.
“It’s what we refer to as a dump site,” Haller said. “There are enough items present that it’s reasonable to assume that meth had been manufactured previously.”
Investigators are looking to determine where the materials came from and who was involved.
Haller said parts of the country have seen a recent increase in meth labs, and the drug is still widely available in Wyoming and Montana.
“That’s a result, in part, of it being provided from the Mexican border,” Haller said. “If their supply dries up or their supplier was arrested, some users and distributors do choose to manufacture it on their own.”
Haller said it was unknown what role the dumped materials played in the regional supply of meth. Haller said evidence suggests that the items were used to manufacture, or attempt to manufacture, the product.