Stories From Field
Learning about small, rural towns was a critical part of understanding the methamphetamine problem in the state. Here are some pictures from field visits.
When visiting a small town police department to learn more about the methamphetamine problem, one Chief said, “You want to understand the methamphetamine problem?” He then pointed at this table of confiscated weapons. Violence was a serious problem he faced in his community.
Anhydrous ammonia is one of the chemicals used in specific methamphetamine production recipes. Anhydrous ammonia tanks are commonly located in rural, farming communities with little to no security. Methamphetamine manufacturers steal anhydrous ammonia from the unguarded tanks. Learning about anhydrous ammonia and the availability of these tanks in farming communities where the methamphetamine problem flourishes was important.
Anhydrous ammonia is a very dangerous chemical. Offenders attach a tube to the tank to acquire the chemical. Farmers often find these tubes left behind after the theft because they freeze to the tank during the removal process.
The following signs had been placed along the main road that led to the highway right outside of a small, rural town. These are actual photos from the field. The signs may not mean anything to those not familiar with the methamphetamine problem. They appear to be advertising the availability of methamphetamine manufactured via the shake-and-bake method.
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