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While the laboratories required to manufacture the drug known as “meth” have grown considerably smaller in recent years, the risk of explosion that has been a fact of life for operators of such labs since their earliest days remains.
In the wake of the fourth arrest in the greater Meadville area since late April in connection with operating a methamphetamine laboratory, Meadville Police Department Assistant Chief Tom Liscinski is calling on area residents to keep an eye out for discarded lab-related trash.
Two-liter soda bottles with residue inside, discarded batteries and discarded cold packs — the kind that get cold when they’re squeezed — are all products or components of the meth manufacturing process. For every one pound of meth manufactured, for example, six pounds of toxic waste are produced.
Liscinski invites anyone spotting unusual behavior that’s a cause for concern to give the department a call at 724-6100. “That’s what we’re here for — to check things out,” he said. “If something’s deemed to be suspicious, we’d rather check it out and find nothing than find out two months down the road that someone spotted something that could have stopped something tragic from happening.”
Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.