A meth lab was found inside the bathroom at an Indiana Walmart this week after authorities, acting on a tip of a “suspicious backpack,” moved in. The Muncie Walmart was closed for several hours while state police and drug agents removed the “one-pot” meth lab, disposed of the chemicals and decontaminated both the male and female bathrooms.
Writes KTLA.com: “An active meth lab was uncovered inside an Indiana Walmart bathroom Thursday night, according to report. Walmart employees initially discovered a suspicious backpack in the men’s restroom and called police around 11:30 p.m.”
Inside of the backpack were tools and chemicals used to cook up methamphetamine, a synthetic substance made from a host of toxic ingredients such as acetone, lithium, toluene, hydrochloric and sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide, ammonia, phosphorous and pseudoephedrine. Police taped up heavy plastic to the entrance of the bathrooms, located in the front of the Walmart by the cashiers.
“When troopers entered the rest room located at the front of the store, they found a backpack with an active meth lab inside,” an Indiana State Police news release said. “Members of the team donned their protective respirators and suits and dismantled the lab, removing the chemicals from the premises.”
Walmart officials said one of their employees alerted the management staff when they noticed a suspicious person carrying a large backpack into the restroom. A few moments later, he emerged without it. The unidentified man had bought several of the products at the Walmart before going into the bathroom.
Police called this mobile meth lab a “shake and bake” variety, and said that corrosive acid had actually leaked through the backpack and spilled onto the floor inside of the bathroom. Overhead ventilation sent the fumes inside of the store. Thus far, no one in the store reported becoming ill.
“I hope no children were in there. I mean really, I’ve got two young ones myself,” said shopper Dave Stover of Muncie.
“It’s just sorry, the state of things anymore,” added Brad Corya. “Neighborhoods and stuff – it’s not safe anywhere.”
Police are still looking for the man responsible.
This isn’t the first time Walmart has been connected with a meth lab. A woman from Tulsa was caught building a meth lab on the store shelves after gathering ingredients throughout the store. Alisha Halfmoon, 45, had been inside of the Walmart for over six hours.
Writes PeopleofWalmart.com: “According to an arrest report, police observed Halfmoon on security tape mixing the chemicals. When Halfmoon was arrested, she had already mixed two containers of sulfuric acid.”
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