Smell is one of the ways that law enforcement officers are able to locate drug manufacturing facilities. The host of different chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, in particular, can give off strong odors that may alert neighbors or even nearby pedestrians that someone is manufacturing methamphetamine.
Under current drug laws, property used in the manufacture or trafficking of drugs is potentially subject to seizure by law enforcement agencies. That means that those who make methamphetamine in their home risk losing their house if they get arrested or police raid their property — and the chance of getting caught is high.
People often go to extreme lengths to avoid risking their homes. However, mobile meth labs aren’t actually safer for the people involved.
Ohio has seen a number of mobile meth manufacturing labs
Long before a cable television show popularized the idea of using a recreational vehicle as a drug lab, people were already using the back ends of vans and SUVs, as well as larger vehicles, as secret meth labs on the road. These kinds of labs are still in operation now.
Given that these labs generally stay in motion, people won’t identify the bad smells produced by a mobile meth lab with one location. However, people can notice a vehicle moving erratically or producing smoke or odors. Additionally, making drugs while on the road creates the very real risk of a car crash causing a severe chemical reaction.
People can and do get arrested for making meth on the go
Those who get caught with meth-making supplies in their vehicle will likely lose the vehicle and face arrest. Their home could also be vulnerable to seizure in cases where they use the property to store their product, conduct transactions or hide their equipment and chemicals between outings. Plus, the police are very expert at spotting “labs on the go,” which makes evading arrest a longshot over time.
If you or someone in your family recently got arrested for involvement with methamphetamine manufacturing, an aggressive defense strategy is likely necessary to protect against the worst-case outcome.