They’re called “death bags,” the Denver Post reports. Law enforcement officials say that bags of methamphetamine lab byproducts are being tossed in some unlikely places. At least one person has become ill after breathing fumes that escaped from a bag.
Last week in Longmont, Co., a park employee found a suspicious object inside a trash can. It was a plastic bag filled with gasses from a meth lab. Meth makers vent toxins such as phosphine and hydrochloric acid gas while cooking meth, the Post notes. Plastic tubes are used to funnel gasses into plastic containers laced with kitty litter. The litter is used to absorb the toxins. The containers are then sealed with duct tape and dumped, often in parks, along the side of roads, by hiking trails or in apartment trash bins.
Last week was the fourth discovery of a meth lab dump site in Longmont in the past two years.
A state transportation department official said, “We have not had a major incident with them, but we have been lucky.” Abandoned meth lab receptacles are extremely dangerous, a police detective said: “If someone had dropped it recently and someone opened it and breathed, that could cause serious damage…This is a hazardous waste. It is not good for anyone to come in contact with. … The possibility of death is there.”