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OPP warn about crystal methamphetamine

OPP detachments from Cochrane to Hearst and Moosonee are noticing a marked increase in the presence of the illegal drug crystal methamphetamine.

Const. Kyler Brouwer says that’s based on hospitalizations and seizures of the crystal meth.

“And that’s not just on drug warrants or drug trafficking charges, as part of impaired driving investigations, break and enter investigations, weapons offences (and) assaults,” he elaborates.

Among the concerns, says Brouwer, is that it’s highly addictive and can cause several short- and long-term negative health effects.  It also goes hand-in-hand with other criminal activity.

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“Pruduction of crystal methamphetamine is also very dangerous and can be hazardous to the community through fire, explorations, and the harmful fumes and waste that come from that as well.”

Here is Const. Brouwer’s list of things to watch for:

Signs of a Meth Lab:

  • Occupants appear unfriendly, secretive and avoid neighbour interactions.
  • Occupants attend for short time periods and at odd hours.
  • Garbage contains chemical containers, glassware or bags full of soil, or garbage is never put out at all.
  • Numerous security cameras that may appear excessive.
  • Chemical odours.
  • Chemical dumping on or near premises (burn pits or dead spots on lawn).
  • Odd items including equipment, glassware or chemical drums.

Dangers of a Meth Lab:

  • Fire or explosion
  • Harmful fumes and chemical exposure
  • Increased criminal activity
  • Environmental damage and waste

See the signs? Remain at a safe distance and do not confront occupants. Call the OPP 1-888-310-1122 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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