Making meth? Don’t piss off your neighbors

So – I was browsing the news this evening and got an email beckoning me to take a look at this new website called rottenneighbor.com. I was given a direct link with the title of “meth heads” to click on and it piqued my curiosity just enough to click it.

Well, lo-and-behold I was looking at a map of some neighborhood in a suburban area in Northern California that had a big red house in the center labeled “meth-heads”. Clicking on it brought me to a page with a short description stating:

these people are believed to have a meth-lab running. there are tens of people that are in and out of the house at all hours of the day, cursing and yelling as the walk down the sidewalk. they are the bane of the whole neighborhood.

Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to query the site with the term “meth” and see how many such homes have been labeled in one way or another with this term. In fact there were over 100 listings of homes in neighborhoods across America with titles like “Hillbilly meth lab” in Orange CA, “meth smoking parolees” in Hawthorne CA, “nights of the living meth heads” in Atlanta GA, and “get your meth here” in Mitchell OR.

Rottenneighbor is a pretty new site as it is still labeled “beta”, but for a new site it has quite a lot of people chiming in on how much they can’t stand their neighbors. With over 100 listings so far of suspected meth labs, meth addicts and meth dealers it seems like a good way for others to keep tabs on the opinions of neighbors and avoid certain areas. So if you’re in the business of making meth, there may be more people aware of your existence courtesy of rotteneighbor.com.

My feelings on this site are somewhat mixed. It’s a sad state of affairs when people can’t get problems such as a suspected meth lab in their neighborhood solved via legal channels and they turn to a website to broadcast their angst instead. I am certain there are false allegations all over the place and this site will allow rumors to spread that mach faster with further reach; but I suppose that’s a possibility on any social website. I do feel that it would help someone new to the area to possibly be aware of what others are dealing with on their blocks and streets, which is good to know, especially when a suspected meth lab may be in the vicinity.

I am really curious as to how this site will do. I am taking bets on when the first lawsuit gets filed against the proprietors of rottenneighbor.com – my guess is, it won’t be long.


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  • http://www.methlabhomes.wordpress.com Mamasmad

    I agree with your opinion that people should use legal means to deal with methlabs in their neighborhoods, rather than make off-the-cuff remarks about their suspicions on the web. Suspicions about a meth lab should always be reported to the police department or DEA. I would recommend that it be done anonymously though as meth lab owners are often armed and dangerous. As they say, “don’t mess with a person’s children or their money”. As far as a meth lab owner is concerned, the choice between a person and money is easy – money wins hands down.

  • http://www.methlabhomes.wordpress.com Mamasmad

    I agree with your opinion that people should use legal means to deal with methlabs in their neighborhoods, rather than make off-the-cuff remarks about their suspicions on the web. Suspicions about a meth lab should always be reported to the police department or DEA. I would recommend that it be done anonymously though as meth lab owners are often armed and dangerous. As they say, “don’t mess with a person’s children or their money”. As far as a meth lab owner is concerned, the choice between a person and money is easy – money wins hands down.

  • http://somechicksblog.com Some Chick

    Absolutely Mamsmad. This site can only contain accurate data for so long, until the neighbor moves and a new unsuspecting family takes their place.
    The last thing you should do if you suspect a meth lab is go to a website and make accusations. I agree that you should go to the police anonymously. Now that meth has become a major problem, there is likely a tip hotline in just about every area that you can use without giving your personal details away.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://somechicksblog.com Some Chick

    Absolutely Mamsmad. This site can only contain accurate data for so long, until the neighbor moves and a new unsuspecting family takes their place.
    The last thing you should do if you suspect a meth lab is go to a website and make accusations. I agree that you should go to the police anonymously. Now that meth has become a major problem, there is likely a tip hotline in just about every area that you can use without giving your personal details away.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kern News Agency

    There is one in Lima, Ohio at 2267 E. Elm Street, operated by Eric Henry. They will soon be busted.

  • Rileyjlewis

    someone help me, my mom lives in a apartment complex the neighbor above, she thinks is cooking meth. she gets strong smells through the ac vents. but by the time some gets ut there. the smell is light, at 2 am it about kills her. i contacted the law and what a sorry bunch, they came out and done nothing. they couldnt smell at that time, she looks like a crazy woman in there eyes. point being they could care less  what now my mom wouldnt lie she know nothing about it, and desribes the smell to the t        help  help

  • Rockman_exe

    It’s all well and good for them to make that website and stigmatize them the way they would sex offenders. Only thing is this just forces people to do their meth business on the road whether it’s production or distribution. If more people in the meth business do that then I guess there’d be fewer neighbourhood disruptions however it could also make it harder for the cops to find and stop them. Seems like a double edged sword to me.

  • traxler06

    Back in 2012 there was a meth lab bust in my mom’s apartment building and it was done in the middle of the night while she was asleep. There was a heavy ammonia smell coming from the apartment which tipped off the neighbors along with some other evidence. Also, back on November 13, 2013 a neighbor who lives 5 blocks from me in a duplex had his apartment building raided during a meth lab bust next door to his apartment and now he cannot go home and has to stay with family until he can find a different home and he has to replace everything he owns except the clothes that he wore to work and his vehicle. All his belongings will have to be discarded. At least he has renter’s insurance.