|Solano County Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team
WHAT CAN I DO?
There are actions that you as a private citizen can take to ensure that the sales and manufacturing of methamphetamine is not occurring in your neighborhood. Do not enter a site that you believe may be cooking methamphetamine. Do not confront a neighbor that you suspect may be selling or cooking methamphetamine. Contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.
Listed below are some of the common pieces of equipment and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. Any one item may or may not be used for that purpose; however, a combination of the following may be reason for concern.
Pyrex dishes, plastic bottles,coffee filters, funnels, blenders, rubber tubing, strainers, propane cylinders, hotplates, measuring cups and lab glassware/beakers
Rubbing alcohol, acteone, sulfuric acid, red phosphorus, rock salt, iodine, lithium batteries, lLye, Drano, pseudoephedrine tablets, antifreeze, and Starter fluid
Methamphetamine is a potent central nervous system stimulant with a high potential for abuse and dependence. Meth is smoked, snorted, injected or administered orally. Users refer to methamphetamine as "crank", "speed", "crystal", "glass", and "ice". Signs of meth use include dilated pupils, sweating, dry mouth, hyperactivity and tremors. Methamphetamine users may also exhibit aggressive and psychotic behavior, irritability, anxiety and paranoia. In cases of high dosage or long-term abuse, users experience violent mood swings and hallucinations.
Methamphetamine acts by stimulating neurotransmitters in the brain. Users may stay awake for several days without sleeping or eating. The strain on the body is enormous and can result in permanent damage. Users often become desperate for the drug, which can lead to an increased risk of violence to law enforcement and the public.
Methamphetamine trafficking and production is dangerous, not only to the user but to those around the lab site. Meth labs are hazardous and explosive. They can cause fires, explosions and severe exposure of dangerous chemicals to people and the environment. Labs have recently been located in apartments, hotel rooms, homes, garages and even in moving vehicles. Meth labs are a threat to any neighborhood or community.
THE EFFECTS - THE HIGH:
Immediately after ingesting meth, the user experiences an intense sensation called a "rush." The initial rush lasts only a few minutes, followed by a euphoric feeling. The attempt to experience the rush repeatedly can lead to abuse and dependence.
THE EFFECTS - THE LOW:
Prolonged use is often associated with violent antisocial behavior. Methamphetamine users may experience severe psychological impairments, such as extreme paranoia, delusions and a condition known as "Methamphetamine Psychosis."
THINGS TO KNOW:
Methods of Use
SIGNS OF A METH LAB:
-Frequent visitors at all times of the day and night
-Late night activity
-Occupants are secretive and unfriendly
-Occupants appear paranoid
-Occupants are unemployed
-Extensive security at home; fences, dogs, security cameras
-Occupants smoke outside
-Chemical odors from house
-Materials that are stained red; coffee filters, bed sheets
-Occupants place their garbage in neighbors dumpsters
-Evidence of chemical dumping in yard; burn spots
-Windows blackened or curtains always drawn
If you have information regarding the sales, manufacturing or use of methamphetamine, please contact the Solano County Multi-jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (CAL-MMET).