New Ingredient to Make Meth in Your Freezer
April 22, 2011 5:58 PM
Sudafed, anti-freeze and batteries. All stuff you probably keep at home, but they are now used to make meth.
Now you can add another item to that list, and it's something your kids need if they get injured.
Police say people can now substitute anhydrous ammonia with something right out of the freezer. It's an ingredient in freezer packs that can be used to make meth.
The ice packs, commonly used in schools, athletic games or even at home, mean police must change how they find meth labs.
"We aren't finding meth labs because something has blown up or started on fire and somebody's gotten burned and is going to the hospital. Those are becoming more and more rare all the time because the new methods aren't heating up toxic chemicals," said Lt. Dan Kaiser with the Sioux Falls Police Department.
Police say people use the freezer packs to make meth, usually operate a very small lab, making just enough for personal use.
"In some ways there's a benefit to that because there's not a big lab out there manufacuturing big quantities but in other respects it makes it sometimes harder for us because they don't go noticed as much," said Kaiser.
And so far, police say the packs do not raise any red flags with medical staff either who use the cooling compresses.
"All the times there's new ways coming out and I think the doctors themselves, if they are prescribing medications that can be used for other reasons, they have to be careful," said Kaiser.
Police say the ingredients in the ice packs can also explode, if mixed with the wrong materials.