There seems to be a misconception that meth is something made far, far, away from home. Like, maybe in some clandestine lab in Mexico or in The Philippines or somewhere in a slum far away from our comfy existences; while those are all places meth is manufactured as well, that is just the tip of the iceberg.
The truth is, the average person doesn’t realize just how easy it’s become to make meth. The internet has almost trivialized the process of shake and bake / one-pot meth making especially. Just because the process is relatively easy nowadays doesn’t make it any less dangerous. In fact, more people are getting hurt, maimed and injured in the process than ever before and the saddest part? Many people are innocent bystanders who didn’t realize they were near a ticking time bomb when it went off.
Just in case you are curious, here is a collection of relatively recent news stories proving that making meth is so easy and mobile that people are literally making it any and everywhere you can imagine.
From the wealthiest of neighborhoods …
Tucked away in the affluent Laurel Heights neighborhood — just hundreds of feet from a playground — police discovered one of the only meth labs in The City, which shocked residents. – sfexaminer
… to tents where those without a home reside.
A homeless man was arrested in Manchester on Tuesday after police said he was caught manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in a store parking lot. After Mathena was taken into custody, police said they found several more grams of the drug after searching the man’s tent. –nbcconneticut
From the back of a car …
A Beloit woman and an Alliance man were arrested when police found a one-pot meth lab in the woman’s car late Tuesday night in the 500 block of River Street. –cantonrep
… to the neighbor’s kitchen.
Alliance police discovered another case of cooking methamphetamine around children Friday night, arresting three county residents.
Among the chemicals in the kitchen area, where the active lab was located, was sulfuric acid, pseudoephedrine, 100 percent lye, hydrogen peroxide and ammonium nitrate. allianceohioreview
Inside businesses …
Near Portland, ME: Police busted a meth lab inside a Raymond business just off Route 302. –wgme
… and in motel rooms.
Around 8:45 p.m., officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department Emergency Services Team and New Haven Police served a search warrant at a motel room at the Hometown Inn in the 6900 block of SR 930 E. Inside, police found an active meth lab, and the room was condemned by Board of Health. –nbc33
Inside fast food joints …
Police discovered a meth lab inside a Taco Bell in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, around 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and arrested the employee who allegedly set it up so he could “stay high all the time.” –newsmax
… and WalMarts.
Police found a meth lab inside a Walmart restroom in Muncie, Indiana, on Thursday night. Employees called police around 11:30 p.m. after discovering a suspicious backpack in the men’s restroom, according to WXIN. When troopers arrived, they found an active meth lab inside the backpack. –wnep
In retirement communities …
A man living in a Fresno senior citizen village is accused of cooking meth in his apartment. –abc30
… and daycare facilities.
Police arrested the owner of Kit Kat’s Place Family Child Care and her boyfriend Tuesday after records showing the pair had purchased large amounts of pseudoephedrine — a key component for cooking methamphetamine.
Cops also busted Epperson’s boyfriend, 32-year-old Christopher Webb, who appears to have been living with Epperson at the residence they allegedly set up as a day care on the ground floor and a meth kitchen in the basement. –nydailynews
Meth is literally being made everywhere.
This compilation sounds a bit like a Dr. Suess book now that I look at it. I wish it were funny.
This is just a sample of a few recent news articles I was able to easily find. I am certain there are hundreds, if not thousands more stories like these in neighborhoods across the U.S. It’s a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and if you see something suspicious, contact the authorities.