"Meth Watch": The Call Goes Out To Citizens To Snuff Out Meth (with Video)

By Jeff Neumeyer

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM EDT

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Recruiting the public's help in exposing dangerous meth labs.

In Kosciusko County, police are taking dead aim at the highly addictive drug.

When the stuff gets a hold of a person, it doesn't let go.

Police say the drug controls the abusers so much, that they often neglect everything else, including their own kids.

In the community of Silver Lake, you drive around and see signs posted, which read, "Meth Watch".

They reinforce that neighbors should be on the lookout for folks cooking up meth down the street.

According to Indiana State Police, two counties from our area—Noble and Kosciusko Counties-- were among the top ten in Indiana last year for clandestine meth lab seizures.

The powerful smell of ether or animal urine can give away the location of a meth operation happening next door.

" It's not a drug that's actually coming in from Central America or something like that, it's actually something in our backyard and an unfortunate problem is, people get hooked on it and it's just very, very addictive, and unfortunately we have a jail full of inmates that can attest to that at times," said Sgt. Chad Hill, with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.

Besides the bad smell, the presence of broken open capsules, empty Coleman Lighter Fluid containers, and other trash can be a strong indicator of a meth lab nearby.

Police also say if you see a lot of traffic in and out of a residence, it might suggest a meth lab operation.

You can report possible meth activity to any sheriff's department, but also on line at www.imagedrugtaskforce.org.

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