239 W Main St, Richmond, KY 40475 1 859 623 1000 Justice, Education, Industry

Many people may be living next door to a meth lab and not know it. Some of the signs that there is a meth lab in operation are obvious and easy to spot. In fact, you may have noticed them and not realized it. Here are some of the things to watch for:

  • Unusual strong odors (like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals).
  • Residences with windows blacked out.
  • Renters who pay their landlords in cash (most drug dealers deal exclusively in cash).
  • Large amounts of traffic - people coming and going at unusual hours. There may be little traffic during the day and large amounts at night.
  • Excessive trash, including large quantities of: antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, red chemically stained coffee filters, drain cleaner containers and duct tape.
  • Unusual quantities of clear glass containers being brought into the home.
  • Presence of the following items could also indicate the presence of a meth lab:
    • Alcohol
    • Ether
    • Benzene
    • Toluene/Paint Thinner
    • Freon
    • Acetone
    • Chloroform
    • Camp Stove/Coleman Fuel
    • Starting Fluid
    • Anhydrous Ammonia
    • "Heet"
    • White Gasoline
    • Phenyl-2-Propane
    • Phenylacetone
    • Phenylpropanolamine
    • Iodine Crystals
    • Red Phosphorus
    • Black Iodine
    • Lye (Red Devil Type)
    • Drano
    • Muriatic/Hydrochloric Acid
    • Battery/Sulphuric Acid
    • Epsom Salts
    • Lithium Batteries
    • Sodium Metal
    • Wooden Matches
    • Propane Cylinders
    • Hot Plates
    • Ephedrine (over the counter)
    • Cold Tablets
    • Bronchodialators
    • Energy Boosters
    • Rock Salt and Diet Aids.
    Obviously the presence of any of these items is not an automatic indicator of the presence of a meth lab. However, combinations of these items or large quantities of these items may be a sign.

If you suspect a meth lab in your neighborhood, call the Richmond Police Department Tip Line @ 859-623-1714.