Sunday, April 08, 2007

Outdoor Skills: Know your meth labs

There are lots of things in the wilderness that can hurt you. Outdoorsmen know to watch for things like snakes, deer ticks, and bears, but would you know what to do if you run into the strong smell of cat urine while fishing that blue line brookie stream? While there is a slight chance that you are being stalked by a cougar with a bladder control problem, it is more likely that you have stumbled upon a working meth lab. These labs (and their tweaked out owners) can be very dangerous. Authorites advise touching nothing and making a hasty retreat.

An article in Outdoor Life Magazine gives details on a growing problem for those who enjoy being in the wilderness.

"Twelve months earlier in Ashley County, Ark., deer hunters tipped sheriff’s investigators to the fact that methamphetamine manufacturers had taken over remote deer blinds and were using them as labs. Narcotics detectives ended up finding four cooking operations set up in Ashley County deer blinds. In Wright County, Minn., four years before, cookers decided to use ice- fishing shanties to manufacture meth on Waverly Lake."

The Boulder County Colorado website has a section devoted to identifying the signs of an active meth lab.

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