Helena-West Helena Police officers are warning the public that there is a new method that drug dealers are using to make methamphetamines and it's called "Shake and Bake".
Helena-West Helena Police officers are warning the public that there is a new method that drug dealers are using to make methamphetamines and it's called "Shake and Bake". It is a one-pot method and it's just as dangerous as the makings for a big batch.
One and two liter soda or water bottles are being used to make the substance. When the manufacturer is through with the bottles they just throw them out their car window or into ditches or anywhere. These containers are usually plastic soft drink bottles and the contents are highly explosive.
Some of these remnants have been found in the city, and the public needs to know that they can find these remnants anywhere because the "cook" throws them out their window of their vehicle as they drive down the street. They can be found in secluded areas, a city street and where children play and unfortunately pick up things.
By using this one-pot method, the meth cook can make meth in a sealed container, which is generally turned upside down to create the reaction needed to turn several toxic ingredients into meth. This method is generally used to produce small amounts of meth. However, they are just as dangerous or explosive as a big batch.
The chemical reaction inside the container (which can be anything from a Coleman fuel can to a soda bottle) causes an extremely high amount of pressure to build up within the container after being shaken. According to police, this method can cause a pretty large explosion.
One of the primary dangers of using this method is that it is fast and portable. So portable in fact, that it is most common to find people using this method to make meth in their vehicles. They generally drive around while the meth is being made to release the fumes.
When the process is over, some 40 minutes later, they simply throw the used container filled with toxic chemicals out the window. Aside from the environmental impact, it also poses a hazard to children who naturally want to explore and pick up things they find.
The leftover residue of chemicals left in bottles is usually muddy brown in color. Police advise if you suspect someone of making meth or using meth to contact authorities as quickly as possible. This type of meth lab is a ticking time bomb.
Police warn that if you come across a discarded container used in one-pot (shake and bake) meth making do not touch it – contact the police department so they can discard it. They will probably need a haz-mat team to clean up the mess left behind.
The public is reminded that if they find anything resembling the remnents of drugs to please call 911 or the local police.