If you’re buying instant cold packs in Indiana to make meth and think no one will suspect what you’re doing, think again. A Gibson County Prosecutor, who is concerned about “shake and bake” meth labs, has asked retail store owners to help deter meth lab cooks from buying the cold packs in his county. He wants retailers to manage the sale of instant cold packs, the way they manage the sale of pseudoephedrine – minus the ID and log book. All cold packs would be stored behind store counters, giving retail store clerks a better idea of who is buying them and how often they’re buying them.
Gibson County Prosecutor Rob Krieg says the cold packs contain ammonium nitrate, an ingredient used in “shake and bake” meth labs, which are wreaking havoc across the country. “Shake and bake” labs, also known as portable meth labs, mobile meth labs, or box labs, allow meth makers to manufacture meth in a space as small as a 2 liter soda bottle. The lab doesn’t produce a smell like the kitchen labs used to do, but the risk of injury and death is the same. As the meth cooks in the bottle, gasses in the bottle build up pressure, pressure that has to be released at exactly the right time. “Shake and bake” labs are disasters waiting to happen.
“Prosecutor: Meth makers now use instant cold packs”, Chicago Tribune, article by the Associated Press, 8/22/09, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-in-meth-coldpacks,0,5294718.story?obref=obinsite, accessed 9/3/09