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Craighead County, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Meth Labs Found by Deer Hunters

October 20, 2006 -- Posted at 5:49 p.m. CDT

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR -- The fight against methamphetamine is a battle that law enforcement officials have been fighting for a long time.

Just when it seems that there are fewer meth labs being found in Region 8, they are being found by a different breed of ''hunter''.

With the start of hunting season, deer hunters are crowding the woods, sometimes discovering methamphetamine labs.

"I'd been hunting and I was walking out back from my stand to my vehicle and I came across a meth lab that was tucked back into the bushes," said Brian Stump.

For hunters and even farmers, this is a common occurrence.

"We have found several of what we call ‘dump labs'.  It's the trash that's left over from a meth lab itself," said Sheriff's Deputy Wes Baxter.

"It was the cylinder with the copper  tubing coming out that gave it away and there were old batteries lying around and rubber gloves," said Stump.

Wes Baxter said in rural areas like Craighead County, it's not hard to find a meth lab in the woods.

"We have responded to this area recently to dispose of ‘dump labs' that have been found by farmers and hunters as well," said Baxter.

Stump destroyed the meth lab he found, but that's not recommended by law enforcement officials.

You shouldn't move the items you find because they could still contain the elements from the meth lab that could be harmful to you.

"The chemicals that they use to manufacture methamphetamine are very dangerous.  They are very corrosive and they have chemicals in them that can actually burn you," said Baxter.

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