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How does household trash lead police officers to meth labs?

| May 11, 2021 | Drug Offenses |

People jump to conclusions about what you do in the privacy of your home for all kinds of ridiculous reasons.

Accidentally burning dinner one night might make people think you do drugs because of the strong smell and smoke coming out of your windows. Frequent visits from friends could lead people to suspect that you run some kind of criminal enterprise rather than that you enjoy spending time with the people you care about.

If people have already reported you to the police for suspicious behavior or if local law enforcement officers have any other reason to suspect you have involvement with drug activity, they may watch your house or even try to go through your trash. What they find there could help them build a case against you.

Plenty of normal items have an association with meth labs

Do you have a cold or allergies that you treat with over-the-counter medication? The packaging for your medicine might look suspicious. Do you have a cat and need to throw away large containers of cat litter? Have you recently painted in your house or removed paint?

All sorts of common household products can play a role in the production of methamphetamine. Some of these kinds of trash police associate with meth labs include: 

  • Salt
  • Lithium batteries
  • Iodine
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rubber tubing
  • Funnels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Coffee filters
  • Broken glassware or laboratory glass

Police officers who spot these items may suspect that they indicate drug manufacturing and could use them as a reason to more closely investigate an individual or property.

Drug manufacturing allegations can lead to more than just criminal charges

When police or neighbors suspect you of illegal drug-related activity, everything you do will be under increased scrutiny. You could face arrest and criminal charges that carry serious penalties. Additionally, when the police try to build a case around the idea that you make drugs in your home, your house could eventually be subject to seizure for its alleged involvement in illicit activities.

Anyone who notices police officers going through their trash or who faces questions related to possible involvement in drug activity could eventually find themselves facing serious criminal charges.