A recent news story delves into the world of mobile meth labs and the problems they are causing for law enforcement across the country, including in Indiana. According to the report, these meth labs are multiplying, leaving a trail of toxic litter along highways and making meth cookers even more difficult to catch.
As reported in the New York Times , what used to take a virtual laboratory of containers and processes can now be done in one pot. The simpler the process gets, the more people do it. However, this doesn’t mean the mobile meth labs are increasing meth in the state. Because the mobile labs create much smaller quantities, they are not the large operations as those commonly seen when meth was originally hitting the headlines.
Elkhart county is said to have a large problem, finding the toxic leftovers of these labs on the sides of the road after the snow melts. According to law enforcement, what’s left behind after the meth is made is a combination of dangerous chemicals and vapors.
Another interesting aspect of these one pot meth labs is that those making the meth aren’t your big time dealers. Now, because the process is easier and the quantities smaller, the meth made in these mobile units is largely being used by the people who make it.
Being charged with manufacturing meth or even possessing the tools to manufacture meth can be a far more serious offense. Less than 3 grams in this instance is a Class B felony which carries up to 20 years in prison.
Indiana and other states in the heartland are serious about stopping the spread of meth. Having charges like this against you can seem like an uphill and potentially impossible battle. This isn’t always the case, however.
If you are facing meth charges and unsure of what to do, call for a criminal defense legal consultation today.