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Meth Production Easier, More Dangerous

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By Jason Weinstein.
More makers of meth in our area are moving away from using clandestine labs and instead using what's called the one-pot or shake and bake method. It's a process that requires fewer ingredients and less knowledge, but increases the chances of chemical burns, fires, and explosions.

"During this process they have to loosen the cap on the bottle to burp it, they call it, to let some of the gases emit and let air enter the bottle," said Det. Sgt. Matthew Cower of the Broome County Sheriff's Office.

Pseudophedrine tablets, sulfuric acid and lithium strips from batteries are common ingredients used to make meth.

"Lithium can burn through the side of the plastic bottle to cause a fire or if the pressure builds up enough it will cause an explosion," said Cower.
There are also other signs to look for if you suspect suspicious activity near your home.

"Windows that are blocked off, covered with something so that people can't see into them, towels or blanket material stuffed underneath the doorway to try not to have the fumes exit from that room or from the building," said Cower.

Cower also says a strong chemical smell similar to cat urine is among other many signs that could point to the manufacture of meth. And the one-pot method is making the manufacture of the drug more mobile and widespread.

"It's in every geographic or socioeconomic area now especially because you don't need a large area for the clandestine lab anymore. It's just the one bottle. You can make it in an apartment, you can make in in a hotel room," said Cower.

****In Broome County, Jason Weinstein, FOX 40 HD News****