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Ketchikan troopers find methamphetamine lab

Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers responding to a burglary complaint Monday discovered a methamphetamine manufacturing lab at a Ketchikan home.

Sgt. Lonny Piscoya said troopers had received a complaint of property missing from the house and were interviewing the residents when they noticed a strong chemical smell.

Troopers later found a portable meth lab inside the home, he said.

No charges have been filed and the case remains under investigation.

Piscoya said troopers found empty packages of Sudafed, a cold remedy, plus coffee filters, muriatic acid, and lithium batteries at the house, all commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant also known as speed. Labs that produce it are dangerous because of the volatility of the ingredients.

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