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Port Huron police are asking for residents’ help in recognizing and reporting suspected methamphetamine labs.

The request was prompted by an increase in the discovery of methamphetamine labs in the past 30 days, according to a statement from the Port Huron Police Department.B9315368817Z_1_20141204163711_000_GOP9AHRDK_1-0

“We’ve gone from seeing a couple of them here and there, a spattering of them, to about five in the past 30 days,” said Port Huron police Capt. Jeff Baker.

Meth labs have been found in the 400 block of 10th Street, the 800 block of 16th Street, 1300 block of 10th Avenue, the 1000 block of 17th Street and the 1000 block of Poplar Street.

According to the statement, methamphetamine is an odorless, white crystalline powder that is bitter tasting and is smoked, taken orally, snorted, or dissolved into liquid and injected.

Meth is an addictive stimulant drug that causes a euphoric feeling.

Effects of meth use include decreased appetite, rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, and increased blood pressure, body temperature, wakefulness, and respiration.

According to the statement, people who take meth often have “meth mouth” or severe dental issues, skin sores and weight loss.

Residents can recognize possible meth manufacture operations by looking for solvents, lithium batteries, fertilizer sticks, plastic soda bottles with tubing, acids, and cold medicine packets.

Baker said cleaning up the labs can be hazardous and requires a police officer specially trained in meth disposal.

“A lot of these things are household components, but when you put them together they are volatile,” Baker said.

“They can cause a fire when they’re put in the trash; they can start a fire at the landfill, and in the truck that’s picking them up.”

People who find some or all of these items together should call police.

“They have to be disposed of properly,” Baker said.

Anyone with information about possible meth activity can call the Port Huron Police Department at (810) 984-8415, or the CAPTURE line at (810) 987-6688.

Submit tips at www.porthuronpolice.org by clicking the TIPSOFT link.

People who are manufacturing meth, or allowing its manufacture at their home, will be charged criminally and made to pay for cleanup, police said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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