Methamphetamine trash was recently removed from the Yellow River in Marshall County by members of the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section and the Underwater Search and Rescue/Recovery Team.
A local fisherman reported seeing several suspicious items floating in the Yellow River near Peach Road and 14th Road that he believed could be trash from a meth lab. Officers searched nearly three miles of the Yellow River and Indiana State Police Sergeant, Trent Smith, said the amount of meth trash the officers found “would make your stomach turn”.
Officers recovered more than two dozen plastic bottles that were used as one-pot reaction vessels, or hydrogen chloride gas generators, empty pseudoephedrine blister packs, burnt foil strips, soiled coffee filters, empty instant cold packs, aquatic tubing, salt, and smoking devices. This type of trash is usually found cast alongside a roadway, but State Police now fear that discarding this type of extremely hazardous trash has moved to Indiana’s waterways.
If you find this type of trash, call your local law enforcement and do not discard of the trash yourself. The trash from outdoor meth labs may contain chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive and acidic. When mixed together, the chemicals can be highly explosive. The fumes are toxic and can cause internal damage to organs. Any tips called into police can remain anonymous.