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Methamphetamine Labs

Quad City MEG Teams up with Crime Stoppers
August 16, 2004
Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group announced a new partnership with Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities to locate, eliminate, and arrest those responsible for methamphetamine labs.

Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous drugs officers encounter.  This is due to the hazardous materials that are used to manufacture meth, along with the volatile environment a lab creates.  Officers who respond to labs place themselves in an unstable environment that has the potential to injure them.

In response to the recent increase in labs, Quad City MEG and Crime Stoppers have started this awareness campaign.  Billboars were put up in six locations around the QCA.  hen a person chooses to start up a meth lab, he/she places the public, neighbors, children, the environment, and law enforcement officers in danger.  Meth cookers need to know that law enforcement has a zero tolerance and that IF THEY COOK IT - WE WILL COME!!!!

If you have any information concerning a possible Methamphetamine lab, call the Crime Stoppers tip line, 309-762-9500.  If your information leads to a felony arrest, you'll receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

What are indicators of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory?
  • Little or no traffic during the day, but lots of traffic at extremely late hours.
  • A strong smell that might resemble urine, or unusual chemical smell like ether, ammonia, or acetone. 
  • Extra effort made to cover windows or reinforce doors.
  • Residents never putting their trash out or burning all trash.
  • Lab materials surrounding property (lantern fuel cans, red chemically stained coffee filters, clear glass jugs, and duct tape).
  • Vehicles loaded with trunks, chemical containers, or basic chemistry paraphernalia like glassware and rubber tubing.
  • Laboratory glassware being carried into residence.
  • Inhabitants smoking outside due to the fumes.
  • Dying grass or plants in a particular area.

    Business owners should be aware of customers who purchase or steal an excessive amount or a combination of the following items.  Any unusual pattern of purchases of these items should be reported to police. 
    Acetone Aluminum foil
    Anhydrous ammonia Brake cleaner
    Camping fuel Coffee filters
    Denatured alcohol Drain cleaner
    Engine starter fluid Ether
    Ephedrine/pseudoephedrine Products Funnels
    Gasoline additives Iodine
    Iodine crystals Iodine prill
    Iodine tincture Lithium batteries
    Lye Matches
    Methanol Muriatic acid
    Paint thinner Propane tanks
    Red phosphorus Rubber tubing
    Rubbing alcohol Sodium hydroxide
    Sodium metal Sulfuric acid
    Table or rock salt Toluene