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ITHACA – A backpack containing materials used to manufacture methamphetamine was discovered on a roadside in the Town of Ithaca on Sunday morning, according to Cornell University Police.

Around 10:30 a.m. a person found a backpack containing what appeared to be household chemicals sitting alongside the road in the 300 block of Maple Avenue. Cornell police determined the pack contained materials commonly associated with the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.highwaymethfile

While the exact contents were not described, illicit meth production can be done with common items such as drain cleaner, fuel for lanterns or camping stoves, solvents such as ether and toluene, muriatic acid, table salt and common cold medications containing pseudoephedrine.

Police experts called to the scene determined that the contents found in the bag had been used for the clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine. The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Response Team secured the backpack and its contents, according to Cornell.

Earlier this month, the New York State Police gave a detailed presentation in Dryden to area highway departments and first-responders about meth lab remnants being left along highways.

State Police Sgt. Martin Kopcho, speaking at his presentation earlier in the month, said new meth production methods can be done quickly and in little more than a Gatorade-sized bottle using ingredients readily available at local stores. Getting rid of the leftover equipment often means discarding the hazardous material in public spaces.

“They have no problem tossing it outside a car into a ditch,” Kopcho said.

Cornell University Police ask anyone with information related to this case to call (607) 255-1111.

 

 

 

 

 

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