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Meth waste found in dumpsters
The Gateway Area Police Administrators (GAPA) along with the Gateway ImpACT Coalition would like to alert local residents about meth dump sites and the dangers of these labs.

One-pot or "shake-and-bake" methamphetamine labs are increasing throughout eastern Iowa, including Clinton County. Fifty-eight percent of all one-pot meth labs found in Iowa are in counties that border the Mississippi River.

Meth cooks are using the one-pot method, which means they put all the ingredients in one container, usually a soda or sport drink bottle, which causes the reaction needed to turn several toxic ingredients into meth. These labs can be anywhere in the community - parks, cars, homes or hotels.

A meth dump site is a location where chemicals or meth waste are discarded. These also can be anywhere, but they have most recently been found in business dumpsters and local streams.

GAPA encourages all businesses to lock or protect their dumpsters. A dump site also could include discarded bottles with chemicals still inside of them.

At first glance, one-pot meth labs look like soda bottles or any other waste you might find in a dumpster, but upon closer examination you will see tubing coming out of the bottles or bottles that look like they have been subjected to heat.

Often times the bottles contain chemicals with a strong odor, which can be hazardous to inhale. If you suspect a dump site, do not touch it; leave the area and call the police.

In 2009, Iowa law enforcement officials reported finding a single one-pot meth lab; in 2010, 56 labs were found; in 2011 there were 109 one-pot meth labs found; and through October 2013 there have been 253 labs found, of which 192 have been one-pot labs, which is 76 percent of all labs, up from .4 percent in 2009.

Clinton County is seeing a large increase in meth labs this year. Since January, law enforcement officials have reported at least 18 different meth labs, and each meth lab has contained anywhere from 1 to 49 one-pot labs.

These dump sites often are expensive to clean up, with one site costing as much as $3,000 to clean. With the number of labs Clinton County has seen this year, the bill for cleanup costs alone is over $20,000. Local officials are looking at ways to reduce cleanup costs.

Methamphetamine use and manufacturing is harmful to the entire community. Manufacturing methamphetamine is a very dangerous process that can result in explosion, fires, toxic chemicals being released and pollution.

When coming across any suspicious materials, GAPA and the Gateway ImpACT Coalition encourage residents to leave the area and report what they found to the police, 911 or Clinton County Crime Stoppers at (563) 242-6595 or 1-888-883-8015.

For more information contact Kristin at the Gateway ImpACT Coalition at (563) 241-4371 or .

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