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Meth lab bust: How do you know if one is next to you?

Updated: Thursday, July 10 2014, 06:45 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio – Not one, but two working meth labs in a home.
An accused Harrison County meth cook lived in a house with his wife and three kids. His wife claims she didn't know what was going on, and the police say they believe her.
So would you know what to look for if this was going on in your back yard?
During the last 10 years, meth labs have changed, and they're pretty hard to spot -- most of them as small as a 2-liter soda bottle.
"It's a shake-and-bake operation and he has led us to believe he has done it on the road,” Harrison County Sheriff Ron Myers. “And here it’s very dangerous, especially with his kids in the house.”
Many people wonder how no one else at the home knew there were dangerous chemicals inside, especially Moon's wife and three children?
Myers says she didn't know. But there are things to watch and smell for that could be hints something isn't right.
Here are just a few of the things to watch for: Unusual strong odors, like the smell of cat urine, ammonia, or other chemicals. Residences with windows blacked out or covered by aluminum foil, plywood, sheets, blankets -- and also excessive trash.
These are all hints that something could be out of the ordinary.
In this particular case, investigators said the hint that tipped them off to a possible meth cook operation was the NPLEX system that tracks cold medicine sales.

Meth lab bust: How do you know if one is next to you?


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