Missouri law-enforcement officials say they first encountered shake and bake about two years ago. The most popular meth-cooking method (then and now) involves anhydrous ammonia. That mode of manufacture requires several hours, not to mention a heat source such as a stovetop or a blowtorch, an improvised home-chemistry set of glass jars and plastic tubing, and, most essentially, multiple packets of medicine containing pseudoephedrine.According to Fox 2, the prolific meth cook from Union simply didn't clean up the remnants of the process.
Shake and bake yields smaller (though equally pure) quantities of meth with fewer pills and takes less than 40 minutes from start to finish. The formula is widely available online.
"They were hidden all over the rest of the house," tells Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit Commander Jason Grellner, "in the laundry room they were under the stair case they were in the living quarters in the bedroom."If police count each bottle separately, Missouri has to be a lock to repeat (for the fourth consecutive year) as the leader of meth labs seized in the country. Even without an extra 35 meth labs the Show-Me State is already in the lead.
His unit discovered at least 35 bottles in the basement of a Union area home all used as mini-meth labs upstairs the suspects mom with a lung condition
"They can't figure out why the lung conditions are not getting any better," tells Grellner, "and low and behold it's because their son and her girlfriend are manufacturing meth in the basement of their home."
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