The meth lab found inside a Walmart bathroom might sound like it’s too big of an operation for such a small bathroom when you first hear the news, but the makings of this lab fit nicely into a backpack. A traveling meth lab that was active is just what police found when answering a call at a Muncie, Indiana, Walmart.
The caller reported that a suspicious backpack was found in a bathroom prompting police to gear up to dismantle a meth lab, according to The International Business Times on March 13. This is a dangerous situation even though the lab was much smaller than the TV show “Breaking Bad” conjured up for mass quantity.
Police found that the backpack had an active meth lab inside, which means it was in the process of cooking. This is done by mixing a dangerous concoction of potentially explosive chemicals together. During this cooking process dangerous fumes are released, prompting the police to don protective suits and breathe using respirators while dismantling the traveling lab.
Police were sure to add that a meth lab was “not built” in the Walmart bathroom, it was contained in a backpack, which was brought in and left in the bathroom to complete the cooking process of the drug. Many people are under the impression that a meth lab is a large operation, much like seen on the hit show “Breaking Bad,” suggests The Washington Post.
For making a large quantity of the drug the meth labs are the room size meth-cooking labs seen on the AMC show, but for smaller amounts everything needed can fit nicely into a backpack. Even the cooking process is done while concealed inside the backpack.
The Indiana State Police released a statement reporting that during the cold weather “those attempting to cook methamphetamine will often leave behind the dangerous and explosive chemicals in warm, public places and return later to pick up the finished product. Meth is a highly addictive and dangerous recreational drug that is frequently popular in small towns.”
When the batch is done cooking these meth cooks will often discard the trash left over from this dangerous process into the trash cans in public restrooms. This left over trash can include “Liquid Fire drain cleaner bottles, Sudafed, battery casings and drink bottles with white residue in the bathrooms,” reports the state police.
These traveling meth labs and the trash that is left over once the cooking process is complete pose danger and it is nothing that anyone should touch, police report. Instead of cleaning up the mess left behind or emptying the trash with the leftovers inside, they are asked to call the police.
The combination of these chemicals make an acid-like substance that can burn and damage skin. This coupled with the dangerous fumes and the possibility of explosion, can be a recipe for a disaster that the public should avoid it they happen upon a traveling meth lab.
The owner of the meth lab that was left behind in that backpack found at Walmart is still at large, but the police have help in finding the meth cooker. The help comes from the store’s surveillance video as the incident was caught on camera.
This is not the first time a meth lab was found and dismantled inside a Walmart bathroom, as an article from The Province back in 2012 reports a very similar incident in Alabama a few years back. That meth lab was found in an Alabama Walmart by workers cleaning the rest rooms.
These “so-called shake-and-bake” meth labs require few ingredients to make a few grams of meth,” reports the Province. The ingredients are poured into a soda or water bottle and then the meth cooker shakes the bottle starting the process of the chemicals cooking. It isn’t a way to produce the mass quantity seen by the meth cookers in “Breaking Bad,” but it works for producing personal use amounts for individual meth users.