Much like a telephone or computer, meth labs are more portable than ever. While they used to involve a good amount of waste and space, now, methamphetamine production can be done in something as small as a 2-liter bottle of soda.
"They can find it in a field, where somebody's just left a dump site, they can find it in a backpack, walking down the road with a full one pot ready to go, or it can even be agitating or a working cook inside that backpack," David Verne, a former New York State Trooper, says.
Verne worked on hundreds of meth lab cases during his time as a State Trooper, now a member of the Oneida Nation Police Department, Verne is in prime meth lab territory in Madison and Oneida counties, and is helping both his police force and the public spot meth labs before they become hazardous.
"Two liter bottles, one liter bottles," Verne says. "They're going to have liquid in them and they're going to have lithium strips, and it's going to look like a chalky substance inside."
This increased level of awareness for portable meth labs comes on the heels of a recent arrest in Oneida County, where a man was charged with having a working meth lab in his car on Route 26 near Lee Town Park. Many residents in the area say they are used to hearing about meth labs, but meth labs on wheels are little more suprising.
"It's shocking," Callie Smith, a new resident in the area says. "It's shocking in the fact that somebody is actually doing it in their car."
In February, Oneida Nation Police teamed up with Homeland Security to educate local law enforcement on what to look for when investigating methamphetamine. They say that to help curb methamphetamine use in the future, both police officers and the public need to be educated on what meth labs look like, especially now that they are more portable than ever.