Meth Lab & Two Deceased Individuals Found on Boat in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
LA Testing provides environmental testing services to identify all types of structures and properties that were once used as clandestine drug laboratories.
Garden Grove, CA, December 13th, 2013
Last month, the Bay City News reported that the Contra Costa County sheriff’s marine patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard located a missing boat after family members reported two missing people. When authorities boarded the boat they discovered two lifeless bodies and were quickly confronted with a strong chemical odor.
Upon further investigation, materials were discovered that indicated the boat was being used to manufacture methamphetamine. Clandestine drug laboratories that manufacture methamphetamine have been found in everything from cars, boats, hotel rooms and apartments to rental homes and even large estates.
Common chemicals used in the production of methamphetamines include flammable and volatile solvents such as methanol, ether, benzene, methylene chloride and trichloroethane. Other chemicals may include muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide, table salt and ammonia.
Many of these chemicals can be a threat to not only people working these illegal laboratories, but also to neighbors and future occupants of the structure. They can also cause harm to the environment when they are dumped onto a property. A number of the chemical residues can linger for long periods of time.
One of the leading laboratories for identifying meth and the chemicals used in its production is LA Testing. “Very volatile and hazardous chemicals are used in the meth production process,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “Some are even known to easily ignite if not properly handled and stored correctly. These chemicals can be a real threat to people and the environment. LA Testing provides analytical services to identify the drug’s components as well as environmental and industrial hygiene samples of the illicit substance.”
LA Testing has sponsored an educational video about the dangers of meth laboratories that can be viewed at:
To learn more about methamphetamine testing services, or to request testing supplies, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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