SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana state police are asking hunters and farmers to keep an eye out for meth labs.
It's that time of the year when many head outdoors and often come across a very volatile drug.
Trooper B.J. Patterson, with the Indiana State Police says, "During this time of season when people are outdoors, farmers are cultivating their fields, hunters are out in the woods; they come across items that don't belong there that are commonly associated with meth which leads to an increase in calls."
Patterson says police often receive calls from farmers or hunters, who find Meth labs in wooded areas. Patterson warns people, that any suspicious material should not be touched.
"Absolutely don't touch it; give us a call as soon as it's located. There are hazardous chemicals. When you combine the solvents and the lye together with lithium and water you're essentially creating a bomb," said Patterson.
Trevor Scamihorn, Facility Manager of Crop Production Services works at a facility that sells anhydrous to farmers but often Scamihorn runs into those who steal the gas for meth making.
"We have a field right here on the other side of the plant, that about a year or two ago there was a meth lab just about six, eight rows in there and the surrounding fields there will be four wheeler tracks that come in and out of the facility," said Scamihorn.
Patterson says if you find a meth lab or meth-making material it's important to call Indiana's State Police Meth Suppression Team because they have special gear to dispose of the drug.
"We're put through a training course and taught how to handle these chemicals and taught how to handle these chemicals safely and dispose of them in a proper manner," said Patterson.
If you find a meth lab call Indiana's State Police Meth Suppression team tip line at 1-800-453-4756.
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