A clandestine drug laboratory becomes an emergency immediately upon discovery. Call 911 immediately or the Boulder County Drug Task Force at 303-441-4444.
There are many possible ways to identify a methamphetamine (meth) lab.
Unusually Strong Odors
- Cat urine
- Ammonia, acetone, other chemicals, or strong scent of fuel
- Windows blacked out
- Payment in cash
- Lots of traffic (at unusual times, night time)
- Excessive trash, including beakers, duct tape, or neon-stained coffee filters
- Large amounts of over-the-counter drug containers, including products containing ephedrine or pseudophedrine such as Sudafed. This is usually evident by the number of empty blister packs in the trash.
- Unusual amount of clear glass containers
WARNING: Never open a trash bag to try to identify the contents! Inhaling the toxic gasses associated with Meth lab waste can be very dangerous, even fatal.
Damage to Property
- Discoloration of walls, especially brown iodine stains
- Corroded gas canisters.
- Excessive amount of trash that includes numerous Coleman fuel or HEET containers
Reduce Your Risk
- Do not enter an apartment or other structure that may house a meth lab. Meth labs are very hazardous, potentially explosive environments.
- Do not approach tenants if you suspect they are producing meth. Use of or exposure to meth may cause paranoia and violent behavior.
- Do not open trash or other containers that may contain meth materials. A bag of meth by-products can be fatal if inhaled directly.
- Industrial Air Quality Inspectors