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More remnants of methamphetamine manufacturing were discovered along the roadside early this week, leading law enforcement officers to once again warn residents to be careful when they come upon what appears to be trash and, at the same time urging them to report anything that appears suspicious.

A Department of Transportation employee discovered the latest dump site Monday afternoon while working in the Giddensville Road/Harvey Lewis Road area of Sampson County, near Faison.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Marcus Smith said the employee stumbled upon the suspicious-looking trash as he was clearing the roadway around 2 p.m. and called officers.

Discovered was at least one canister with tubes coming out of it, along with other items Smith said were deemed to be the type contents used in the manufacturing of meth.

Agents with the Special Investigation Division of the Sheriff’s Department were called in, and they confirmed that the trash was, in fact, consistent materials used in the manufacturing of the illegal and highly addictive substance, the second such dump site discovered in just a week.

Smith said dump sites weren’t that unusual given that those who are making the substance usually do so behind their own homes.

While not ruling out mobile meth labs as one reason why debris is dumped along roadways, Smith also pointed to the more likely reason — removing evidence from places where suspects reside.

“There are a variety of reasons why they dump these materials, but the most likely is the fact that most people that do this are manufacturing it behind their homes. They can’t really dump that stuff there because a neighbor might see it and become suspicious, and, of course, they don’t want evidence lying around that would give them away,” Smith said.

Anything from glass jars and “blister packs,” the aluminum and plastic containers often used to hold assorted over-the-counter medications, like Sudafed, to remnants of red phosphorus and canisters with tubes attached are materials often associated with the manufacture of meth and often the things one would find discarded in a field, wooded area or along the roadside.

“It’s places that someone can pull over at night and dump this stuff without being seen,” Smith said. “That becomes a dump site.”

The sites, Smith stressed, are often hazardous and should be avoided by the public. “They don’t always have to be hazardous, but they aren’t materials anyone wants to be missing with. If you see what looks like a site, the best thing to do is immediately call law enforcement. It’s our job to respond and handle this type of stuff.

“People need to be really careful. Don’t touch the stuff. If it look suspicious, it probably is,” Smith stressed.

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