A recent arrest in Oxford County Maine is an eye opener for some. It really doesn’t surprise me that living in such a rural area that these labs are not everywhere. The process of making the drug meth can be made with simple household products and the profits are probably very good. The process of making this drug is very dangerous, volatile, and explosive. Anytime you heat chemicals to extract something you are putting yourself and anyone nearby at an extreme risk. Eight people were arrested in the region. This was a network that the DEA had been aware of. Someone had to make them aware of this operation. Observant people noticing that something wasn’t right. I guess when you look at it products being purchased in larger quantities than normal should be a red light. Products like cold meds, camping fuel, coleman white gas, larger amounts of stuff than normal should be a red light to some.
The local paper Sunjournal Reported this article.http://www.sunjournal.com/news/oxford-hills/2014/02/07/mdea-finds-evidence-meth-labs-oxford-county/1489241
This drug can and will come to your communities. It will ruin a lot of lives. I just do not know if the State has enough resources to combat this problem. The state has been hit before. The Bangor region was hit with the drug pixie dust, monkey dust , bath salts. The police forces were hit like a freight train when this happen to the region. No one was prepared for this . People stripped down naked and doing crazy stuff. One woman they found in a culvert under a bridge. She was naked and they couldn’t even figure out how she even got there. I guess trying to get her out was a very dangerous rescue.
I’m glad that Oxford county arrested some for making meth but I worry that this State is not prepared for what is to come. Firefighters are not prepared for this. The state does have a clandestine lab team to handle some of the hazmat stuff but our local fire departments are not prepared . How could we be prepared. A call comes out for a structure fire and we respond like any other call. When we get there everything explodes. Large quantities of unknown fuels are used in the process. We would fight this fire like any other, this time we are dealing with dangerous chemicals. The local fire departments are not trained to this level. I just hope that this doesn’t become an epidemic in the region because we are not prepared. How could we be prepared for labs being setup in vehicles, trailers, or any other place? They could be setup in a camp, outhouse, or tree house for all that matters.
Firehouse.com reported this story. http://www.firehouse.com/article/10470318/clandestine-drug-labs-pose-serious-dangers-to-responders
Just something to be aware of. I do want people to be aware of your surrounding’s and to make it aware to someone if something doesn’t seem quite right. I mean like someone buying ten cans of camping fuel should be a hint that maybe something is not normal here. Now if that same person comes back two weeks later and buys ten more cans then this should be a clue. Let your authorities know that something just isn’t right.
Take care, just pondering this morning, but thought this might be an interesting story. Have a great day everyone. ©2014 Bilodeau,D.H.