'Shake and bake' meth labs pose risk to public

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BRIMFIELD, Ohio -- Just five years ago, meth lab busts in Ohio were declining.

But a recent resurgence of the drug has law enforcement agencies concerned about your safety. Meth labs commonly used today are small, portable and popping up in places you wouldn't expect, like cars and the side of roads.

"It's a very serious problem," says Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver. "What we're dealing with now are the one-pot methods or bottle meth labs."

It's known as the "shake and bake" method, and these small-scale labs are a growing trend across Northeast Ohio.

"It is a 2-liter bottle, usually the main component is Coleman lantern fluid," explains Brimfield Police Sgt. David Knarr. "[People] tend of use lithium battery strips and water to form their chemical reaction."

These labs are easy to make, portable and have caused an uptick in meth labs in the state.

The number of meth labs seized has increased from 112 in 2008 to 635 already this year.

In Summit County alone this year, there have been 191 meth labs incidents, and the "shake and bake" method poses a serious risk to the public.

"A lot of times when [users] are through with these bottles, they toss them out the window of a car, so you could conceivably come across some chemicals in a soda bottle, a 2-liter soda bottle, you may think it's old soda or something else and pick it up, sometimes those things can be volatile and explode," explains Chief Oliver.

If you come across the components of one of these labs, you should immediately stop what you're doing and call police, says Chief Oliver.

As this method becomes more prevalent, police in Northeast Ohio are standing their ground.

"We pursue it relentlessly," says Chief Oliver.


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