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Recognizing a Meth Lab

1.Pseudo Tablets
Pseudo ephedrine tablets – the key ingredient for making meth is a common cold medicine sold over the counter in drug stores, supermarkets and mini-marts. Usually seen in bubble type packaging. They may be “Sudafed” brand name or other generic brand names.

A typical “box lab” has all of the components necessary to cook meth, but is in a transportation rather than production phase. Present in this picture are pseudo ephedrine tablets (on left, in box and bubble pack), a glass jar and soda bottle, both with tubing attached to the top, which are utilized as “gas generators” to blow gas through the meth mixture during manufacturing. Also pictured are solvents such as Acetone, Denatured Alcohol, and drain cleaner. Also note the coffee filter and colander used during the filtering process. 


Another example of a “box lab.” Note the various solvents used in the process. Also note the hand grinder/chopper, used to grind pseudo ephedrine pills and the Pyrex dish used for cooking.



Many times waste from a cook will be discarded around houses, in the woods, etc.


Solvents used in the cooking process sometimes form bi-layered solutions with varying tints. These are often found in mason jars, plastic jugs and two-liter bottles.


Anhydrous ammonia is a key ingredient in meth cooks occurring in Chemung County. It’s often transported in propane cylinders, air tanks and igloo type coolers.


Gas generators are utilized during the cook process. In most instances, a container with tubing attached via duct tape or some other method will be utilized to “bubble out” the methamphetamine suspended in liquid.