RCMP display portable meth lab at home show

Ryan Ross
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When prices go down it can be a good thing.

When drug prices go down the police start to worry.

That's what has happened with methamphetamine in P.E.I. and RCMP Cpl. Andy Cook said over the last six months the price has dropped from about $10 to $6 per pill.

It's a sign the demand for methamphetamine has gone up, Cook said.

"That's very concerning to me."

Cook works in the RCMP's drug and organized crime awareness service and as part of his public education work he's taking a backpack or one-pot meth lab to this year's P.E.I. Provincial Home Show.

The goal is to educate people about the dangers of methamphetamine and the portable labs.

One-pot labs have a simple set up that includes ingredients that can be picked up at legitimate businesses like pharmacies and grocery stores.

With Cook's makeshift lab, all of the ingredients fit into a backpack, making it small and portable.

His ingredients include drain cleaner, lithium batteries, ephedrine pills and other substances that can be mixed inside plastic pop bottles.

"You can get these items pretty much anywhere in town from numerous stores," Cook said.

The police have only found one of the one-pot labs in P.E.I., Cook said, and that was in Summerside area.

But with the labs turning up in other provinces, it's not something the police want to see in P.E.I.

"This is probably the most dangerous lab." RCMP Cpl. Andy Cook

Cook said there are huge safety risks with the one-pot setups and an Atlantic region clandestine drug lab team bought fireproof suits to protect themselves when dealing with them.

"This is probably the most dangerous lab," he said.

The problem with the labs, Cook said, is they use ingredients that don't mix well together, such as lithium and water, which create sparks and flames.

Mix in a flammable solvent and they become even more dangerous.

Cook said the small meth labs are a trend that is coming to P.E.I.

"I'm surprised it hasn't come here sooner," he said.

Organizations: RCMP, Portable labs.

Geographic location: P.E.I., Summerside, Atlantic

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  • Matt
    March 11, 2016 - 12:09

    Why not call for treatment options and psych doctor access instead of parroting this guys alarmist crud? He's fear mongering at a public convention. It's very questionable that this prev "meth lab" was actually making anything, even intending to, or if it was just a zealous charge inferred with the barest of evidence by the Cpl.