A narcotics laboratory or production house is also frequently referred to
as a clandestine drug laboratory or
clan lab. These laboratories are mini-chemical labs designed
for one purpose: to make deadly, illegal drugs quickly and cheaply.
"Clan lab" chemists can produce LSD, synthetic Heroin and
other drugs, but their drug of choice is Methamphetamine,
commonly called Meth, Speed or Crank. A smokeable form of
methamphetamine called Ice, Glass or Crystal is also produced.
Not only are these homemade drugs dangerous, but the labs
that produce them can be located in any neighborhood and pose
serious health and safety threats to the public. Toxic
chemicals, explosions, fires, booby traps, armed criminals --
any of these can mean disaster for the people who inadvertently
stumble onto the labs.
The Mesa Police Department has confronted this problem by
having several of its detectives attend the Clandestine
Laboratory Enforcement/Safety Certification Program hosted by
the Drug Enforcement Agency. In the Year 2000, the Mesa Police
Department located and dismantled approximately 35 laboratories.
These laboratories have been located in single-family
residences, multi-family residences, and as well as in vehicles
and various other locations throughout the city. Many of the
laboratories have been located with the aid of concerned
citizens. Below you will find several signs that may indicate
the presence of a clandestine laboratory.
- Strong chemical odors
- High volumes of traffic to suspected location
- People coming outside only to smoke
- Chemical containers coming to and from that location
If you spot a clandestine lab...
- Don't investigate because of the danger
to you and anyone else in the area. Most law enforcement
agencies have narcotics teams and hazardous material units.
Busting clan labs is their job -- let them do it.
- Leave the area at once. Anyone without
proper training and protective gear should stay at least 500
feet away from any suspected clandestine laboratory.
- Immediately contact your police department
or sheriff to notify them of your suspicions. Call 911 if
you think you've been exposed to toxic chemicals of if you
suspect a chemical leak in your neighborhood.
If you wish to send information anonymously
regarding drug activity within the City of Mesa, there are
severals ways to do so.
Information can be reported online, by text message
or by using a smart phone app.
If you do provide information, please leave as much of the
following information as you can. Any information you leave will
- Names and descriptions of people involved
- Addresses/phone numbers at location of suspected
- Drug type, if known
- Vehicle description/license plate
- Weapons involved
- Type of activity observed