By Olivia B. Waxman
March 13, 2015

Police say an “active meth lab” was found inside a backpack in the men’s restroom at a Walmart in Muncie, Ind., Thursday night, according to a news release from the state police department.

While the Pendleton District Meth Suppression Team dismantled the meth lab and got the chemicals out of the store, the men’s and women’s restrooms would still need to be “thoroughly decontaminated” before customers could use them again, police said.

In the statement, Indiana State Police said this strategy of cooking meth is not uncommon:

Rather than the Meth cook blowing up or contaminating their house, they are now often leaving behind the deadly explosive chemicals in public places to return later to get the finished product. They will often times dump their trash, which includes Sudafed blister packs; Liquid Fire drain cleaner bottles, battery casings, and plastic drink bottles with white residue in the bottom, in rural or desolate areas, or in alleys or vacant lots.

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