Glenwood police find 2 meth labs in one day
The unusual discovery of the remnants of two methamphetamine labs in on day over the holiday weekend had Glenwood Springs police here wondering about connection. After discussing the situation, chief Terry Wilson and some of his officers figured the closure of Glenwood Canyon and a subsequent snowstorm might have been a factor. “We found two meth labs in one day in the Glenwood Springs city limits,” he said. “I don’t remember the last time we found one in the city limits.”Wilson said people who might normally have set up their meth labs on the Front Range or somewhere else got stuck in Glenwood, so they did their drug cooking here. “We had a lot of extra people staying in Glenwood over the weekend,” he said. One of the meth labs, a portable lab completely contained in a soft-sided cooler, was left by an unknown person between Big O Tires and Henry Taylor RV Sales near the Glenwood Springs Mall. Taylor, who said he is wholeheartedly against drugs, expressed anger that someone would leave the by-products of a nasty drug like methamphetamine near his business.”I hate drugs. If I had found ’em I might have shot ’em,” Taylor said.The other clandestine lab was discovered in a room at the Glenwood Motor Inn on 6th Street. Wilson said evidence from the two labs suggest they were not set up by the same person. “It would be unusual for someone to be using two different labs,” he said. “Also, they were done differently.”One of the labs used a technique called “cold cooking,” where the meth maker puts all the ingredients together and lets them combine without heat. The other method is where meth maker applies heat to the ingredients to speed up the process. “The problem is, there are toxic fumes that can come out of these,” he said. “In this case, there was a soft-sided cooler that was duct taped to keep fumes from getting out.”Police said the dangerous remnants of these labs can be stored in anything from a cardboard box to Tupperware containers and if found and opened, the fumes can overwhelm, and even kill, a person.”It could be potentially hazardous,” Wilson said. There are several things to look for if someone suspects they’ve stumbled upon a meth lab, including strong smells such as acetone, alcohol or other chemicals, as well as red stains on a wall or counter – the red stains would come from iodine – as well as out-of-place paraphernalia. Other substances used to make meth include Heet, rock salt, toluene, lithium and iodine. Many of the substances are used to strip cold medicines down to pure ephedrine. Other ingredients are then added to the ephedrine to create the final product, police said. “Nationwide over the last four years, it’s the fastest-growing drug found by law enforcement,” Wilson said. “It’s a boom industry because people can make it. It’s cheap, easy to make and available.”Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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