The best intentions can have dire consequences if you don’t know what you are dealing with. At 3:19 p.m. Thursday, a Pioneer resident called the Williams County Sheriff’s Office to report that she had found a pop bottle that looked like a methamphetamine lab. She picked it up, carried it home and held onto it until a deputy came to pick it up.
“Lucky for her it was just water,” Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Rusky said. “Meth labs are hazardous in so many ways. They can explode and the chemicals are toxic. It’s a bad mix all around, nothing good about any of them.”
Rusky, while assigned to the Multi-Area Narcotics Task Force, would not touch a meth lab without donning a chemical protective suit and self-contained breathing apparatus.
Meth labs carry a strong odor, frequently compared to cat urine, ether, ammonia or acetone.
Items frequently associated with methamphetamine production include plastic pop bottles with hoses and/or metallic residue, stained coffee filters, latex gloves, antihistamine boxes, drain cleaners and butane.
“If you find a discarded meth lab, leave it where it is and call us,” Rusky said.
The Sheriff’s Office non-emergency phone number is 419-636-3151.