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Safely disposing of 'one pot' meth labs

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Mary Bartlett works at the Madison County Department of Solid Waste and she says they've had two reports of 'one pot' meth labs found near Stony Pond State Forest in just the past week.

She says it's upsetting, but these are not usual finds for the county's work crews.

"In the Spring is usually when this stuff gets either uncovered from snow melt or people throw and heave it into the woods," Bartlett said.

While many are out doing some spring cleaning, Bartlett wants to remind them that these bottles are not just ordinary litter.

"These things if you pick them up or shake them they could be explosive...so they are highly toxic and highly dangerous."

Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley echos Bartlett's warning to the community.

"It's very dangerous because you don't know what's in them, if they're still cooking and they didn't empty them - we will send a crew out there with the right gear on to dispose of these things," Sheriff Riley said.

The sheriff says the discarded bottles haven't been as big of a problem as they have in past years, but there are still some out there.

"We just want to get the word out there that they're still out there and we're sure people are still cooking so be aware of these things. It's not your five cent return you're going to take down to get your nickel out of," he said.

Only those wearing protective gear, like Hazmat suit, should handle and dispose of the 'one pot' meth labs.

Sheriff Riley says if you think you may have found one, call law enforcement.

"When in doubt, call. Better safe than sorry," said Sheriff Riley.

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