A meth lab inside a Walmart bathroom in Indiana have police looking for suspects this weekend. According to the International Business Times, Walmart employees found a backpack in the men’s room and contacted police. Upon entering the bathroom, and looking inside the backpack, police found evidence that someone had been running a meth lab out of the backpack, and may have tried to dispose of the waste right there in the bathroom.
“Local authorities put on protective gear, which included respirators, and took the lab apart and removed the backpack’s contents from Walmart.”
Police have said that both the men’s and women’s bathrooms would need to be decontaminated before they are used by the public. They have also said that they do not know who the backpack belongs to, but are conducting a full investigation in hopes of identifying the person or persons responsible.
“With warm weather approaching and outside activities increasing, so does the potential for people to encounter toxic and hazardous meth trash or a working meth lab left unattended,” the Indiana State Police explained in a statement.
According to the Washington Post, the whole cooking process and what not was done inside this backpack, which is somewhat bizarre if you know anything about Methamphetamine — or if you ever watched Breaking Bad. However, whoever was doing this was making a much smaller batch than anything Jessie and Mr. White ever cooked up.
Turns out, the meth lab at Walmart was the real deal. “Box labs” are fairly common, and while they only turn out about an ounce or less per batch, the whole process can be conducted in a very small space — like in a backpack. It’s unknown if people running box labs are actually selling the drugs, or if they cook the drugs for their own use. It’s safe to assume that some are dealers, some are users, and some are both.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, these practices happen in public places, but the person who is cooking often has no place of disposing the used chemicals. It sounds like whoever left that backpack in the Walmart bathroom was trying to do just that.
“Many times, makers of meth will discard the packaging and byproducts of their concoction into random spots, such as random garbage cans, back alleys, and other places they may not be noticed. However, the chemicals may remain in the refuge and continue to be volatile for days or weeks afterwards, leaving a lingering threat of explosion in the area or the possibility of skin burns if touched.”
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